The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, recently approved a proposed Israel Design Law in its second and third reading, that will come into force 12 months after its enactment. The new design law will provide the legal basis for protection of designs, and will eventually replace the old Patents and Designs Ordinance of 1924.
Under the new law, the maximum protection for designs will be increased from 15 years to 25 years. The new law will allow Israel to ratify the Hague Convention and should make it easier for Israeli designers to obtain international design protection. It is expected to also make it easier for foreign products to be protected in Israel.
The new law states that disclosure of a design by its proprietor or a third party who obtained information on the design from the proprietor, lawfully or unlawfully, within a period of 12 months from the filing date of the application in Israel, or before its priority date, will not be considered prior publication.
In addition, designs registered under the old ordinance have an increased period of protection of 18 years as against the 15 year-protection under the old ordinance.
The new design law makes some other significant changes all aimed at modernizing industrial design in Israel.