• Tal Band is a member of the Executive Board and of the Management Committee, and is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group.

     

    Tal represents high-profile clients in litigation before the Israeli civil courts and the Patents and Trademarks Office on all matters relating to patents, trademarks and copyright issues. He represents local and foreign clients in complex litigation to protect their intellectual property rights, including know-how and trade secrets. Tal also represents Israeli clients with global operations across multiple jurisdictions, in close cooperation with leading litigators in the UK, the United States, and worldwide. Tal has been described by Chambers Global as "a fantastic IP trial lawyer who is intelligent and can be counted on for first-class legal work", as well as being "one of, if not the most gifted litigators in the country", by the World Trademark Review.

     

    Tal’s clients are leading players in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, telecommunications, media, manufacturing and retail sectors.

     

    The world’s top-ranking legal guides regularly single Tal out as a first-tier Intellectual Property litigator in Israel.

     

    Tal has been serving as President of the Israel Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (AIPPI) since 2004 and is active in the international leadership of that organisation. He was a member of various public committees of experts appointed by the Government of Israel to review legislation in various fields, in particular the Law Revision Committees overseeing the Patents Law, the Trademarks Law, application of the TRIPS agreements, practice and legal proceedings before the Patent Office and the Standards Law. Tal played a key role in negotiations with the United States Trade Representative on the scope of IP protection in Israel.

     

    Publications

    Tal is a regular contributor to practitioner and international reference books on IP, and has written the Israel chapters in the following legal works:

     

    • Thou shalt not covet the public domain: Israeli Registrar of Patents denies patent protection due to lack of utility, insufficient disclosure and covetous claims (Lexology, March, 2015)
    • Country Q&A on patentability (Lexology, November, 2015)
    • Patent Claim Interpretation: Global Edition (Thompson Reuters/Westlaw 2012-2013).
    •  Case documentation: Amending Patent Claims after Publication for the International Law Office (January, 2011)
    • Amending patent claims after publication contributed (International Law Office, January, 2011)
    • Co-authored the Israeli edition of WIPO’s guide: Making a Mark – an Introduction to Trademarks for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (2010)
    • Country Q&A on Regulation of Pharmaceutical Products in Israel for Practical Law’s Life Sciences 2009/10.
    • International Intellectual Property Litigation (FT, Sweet & Maxwell 1997)
    • The Intellectual Property World Desk Reference (Springers) 
  • Tal’s clients include leading players from the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, telecommunications, media, manufacturing and retail sectors, such as Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Dexcel, the Strauss Group, Iscar, a world leader in the manufacture of metalworking tools (part of the IMC Group, which is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway), Nokia, Alcatel, LEGO, Anheuser-Busch (the manufacturers of Budweiser Beer) and Rothschild Wineries. Tal and his team also act for some of Israel's leading technology transfer companies, such as Ramot at Tel Aviv University and Yissum, the technology transfer arm of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which have acted as major contributors to Israel's status as a powerful "start-up nation". 

     

    Tal’s cases include representation of:

     

    • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in a multi-million dollar patent dispute on allegations of patent infringement with respect to a blockbuster anti-allergy medication
    • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (and its business units in the US, Canada and Israel), the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company and counted among the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, in defending a $100 million suit claiming breach of a non-disclosure agreement and misappropriation of trade secret concerning a blockbuster drug
    • Neurim Pharmaceutical Ltd. in an appeal to the District Court that resulted in a favourable ruling for Neurim, extending its patent rights. This followed the company’s application for patent term extension in respect of a melatonin formulation for human use, which was first denied by the Commissioner of Patents
    • Iscar Ltd., in defending various claims for royalties in the form of alleged "service inventions" by former employees. In one of the cases, the High Court of Justice refused to intervene in a decision rendered by a special tribunal, which denied, in limine, a claim for compensation filed against Iscar by a former employee, and held that an employee may waive his right to seek compensation for service inventions, and that such waiver need not necessarily be explicit
    • A leading Israeli University and its TTO, in proceedings against a multi-national company that financed research at the University, as well as against the inventor for unpaid royalties for the use of unlicensed technology originally created at the University
    • Israel's three leading cellular operators and service providers, Pelephone, Cellcom and Partner, in patent infringement proceedings relating to pre-paid calls
    • Nokia, a global leading supplier of mobile phones and mobile and fixed telecommunication networks, in various patent disputes
    • Anheuser-Busch LLC (AB), in a long-running trademark and appellation of origin dispute with a Czech brewery, where the latter opposed the registration of the former’s trademarks and threatened to prevent AB from manufacturing and marketing its beers in Israel. The dispute ended in a settlement in which Anheuser-Busch effectively achieved all its objectives
    • Dexcel Pharma Ltd in a high-value class action against the company and other defendants relating to a medicinal product for the treatment of certain psychiatric disorders. The case raised questions on the mandatory patient information leaflet and the rationale of the regulatory requirements underpinning the contents of such leaflet
    • BDO, before the Israeli Registrar of Trademarks in numerous trademark oppositions – as part of a worldwide trademark dispute with Banco De Oro Universal Bank in the Philippines – over use of the “BDO” trademark
    • LEGO, in litigation related to the protection of its intellectual property rights, trademarks and copyrights, and in its efforts against several importers of counterfeit games and building blocks into Israel
    • Fujitsu Limited of Japan (FJ) in defending a claim filed against FJ, its European subsidiary and five Israeli companies, in the Tel Aviv District Court by two Israeli companies with regard to IP rights in integrated circuits (ASICS) which FJ had developed
    • The Strauss Group, owner of Max Brenner, which operates a global “Chocolate Bar” chain, in a motion for a preliminary injunction and a claim of breach of the franchise agreement and a violation of its IP rights. The defendant had opened a business of similar appearance and concept to the “Chocolate Bar” while still a franchisee of Max Brenner
    • The Pharmaceutical Division of the Manufacturer's Association of Israel in the drafting of IP legislation in Israel
    • Who's Who Legal: competition 2017 recognized Tal Band, chair the firm’s IP department , as a leading expert in the Trademarks field.

    • Senior partner Tal Band has been recognized as one of the leading IP lawyers by WIPR Leaders 2017, a guide to the world's leading IP practitioners.

    • The world’s top-ranking legal guides regularly single Tal out as a first-tier Intellectual Property litigator in Israel. He is, for example, lauded by World Trademark Review for his prowess as “one of the most formidable IP litigators in Israel”. IAM Patent 1000 says, “Tal Band is among the most active and respected litigators in the jurisdiction. His unparalleled track record–particularly in the pharmaceutical realm–makes him a premier choice”.

    • Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars 2016 ranked Tal Band as Patent Star and Trade mark Star.

    • Chambers Global 2016: Tal remains a highly regarded figure for his long-standing experience of IP issues and complex litigation. He is described as "a very professional and great litigator that really knows the business". Tal frequently advises multinational clientele and is also involved in the review of existing IP legislation.

    • IAM Patent 1000 (2016 edition), in its World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, states that “S Horowitz is excellent. Stocked full of professionals who are very knowledgeable about patent law, it never fails to do a good job. Its lawyers are tough opponents in the courtroom, but it is also fun to litigate against them.” The set casts a long shadow on the market; few can deny its mighty track record on behalf of clients such as Teva in multimillion-dollar brawls. Its success is in large part due to the efforts of Tal Band. The courtroom sharpshooter is “a great IP practitioner. Of all the names out there, he is the best. He is the most challenging of sparring partners. Other attorneys are not so dynamic, but Tal knows what he’s talking about”.

    • Expert guides 2016 listed Tal Band as an expert in Trademark

    • World Trademark Review (2015 edition), ranks Tal as being one of the leaders in Israel in the field of enforcement and litigation of trademarks. The WRT also praises Tal as being "one of, if not the most gifted litigators in the country" as well as being "someone who consistently produces textbook-worthy cross-examinations in patent and trademark suits". In a previous edition, WTR has remarked: ‘Head of the IP practice, Tal Band is singled out as “one of the most formidable litigators” in the country’.

    • Chambers Global Guide 2015 awards Tal with a 1st class ranking, saying that he is "a fantastic IP trial lawyer who is intelligent and can be counted on for first-class legal work", as well as being "absolutely outstanding” and "hugely respected for his litigation skills and is regarded by sources as a top lawyer".

    • LMG – Life Sciences ranks Tal as one of Israel's leading lawyers in the field of Life Sciences.

    • Legal Expert recommends Tal in the field of Intellectual Property.

    • Chambers Global Guide 2014 states that Tal Band "has a strong reputation in the local market as an active and very respectable practitioner and is singled out by clients for his patent litigation expertise".

    • Chambers Global Client Guide 2013 singles out Tal as a key individual, who “is regarded as a “first-class litigator”, and is afforded considerable respect for his high-volume caseload”. In a past edition, a client said that Tal was perceived as “more like our partner than our lawyer”.

    • Clients Choice International (part of the International Law Office and Lexology) has ranked Tal as the leading lawyer in Israel in its client choice awards in the field of patents. Clients Choice, in describing Tal, stated that "Tal is widely considered to be the best in his field"; "Mr Band provides out-of-the-box thinking, alongside tailored strategies"; "he is a brilliant, incisive and highly effective litigator"; "a top professional and a gentleman, Mr. Band is a credit to the legal profession."

    • An MIP Handbook client recommended Tal as “An excellent lawyer; extremely bright and a very dedicated business partner. His personality is charming and he is easy to get along with. I am extremely fortunate to have him as our lawyer”.

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 lists Tal as a leading lawyer in Israel in the field of Intellectual Property.

    • Who's Who Legal (2015 edition) lists Tal as an expert in Israel in the fields of Life Science and Trademarks.

    • IAM Patent 1000 (2015 edition), in its World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, ranks Tal as a leading lawyer in the field of patent litigation in Israel. Tal is described as being "superb: extremely knowledgeable and excellent at proposing – and executing – the best strategies, which are designed to fit the commercial needs of clients. In the 2014 edition of the same publication he is described as being ‘renowned for his prowess in contentious matters. He has an “articulate and composed” courtroom presence and a string of victories to his name’.

    • IAM Life Sciences 250 ranks Tal a joint first in the Israeli life sciences patent litigation market, which ‘is dominated by two litigators that “often lock horns” - one of whom is Tal'. IAM goes on to say that, ‘Tal Band has built up a significant team at S Horowitz & Co. He continues to spend the vast majority of his own time on life sciences patent litigation cases, most often for key generic-side client Teva; he is regarded as an “extremely knowledgeable and skilful attorney”.

  • Tal is actively involved in IP worldwide in a myriad ways. He is, for example:

     

    • Chairperson of the intellectual property committee of IATI, Israel's largest non-profit umbrella organization for the High-Tech and Life Science sectors, with over 500 members
    • President of the Israel National Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (AIPPI) since 2004, following on from his previous position as Secretary of the Group
    • Chairperson of the AIPPI Membership Committee between the years 2010-2014
    • Chairperson of the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Business that took place in Israel in November 2013 and whose topic focused on the Economy of Innovation. Due to the success of this conference, a further conference took place in March 2016. The conference is organized by the Israeli chapter of AIPPI, in collaboration with various organizations, all having significant footprints in the IP world: WIPO, AIPLA, the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University, the Israel Patent Office, the Israeli Ministry of Economy and more. The conference reaches out to industry and businesses alike, and joins forces with the academia, judiciary and government
    • A member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law
    • A lecturer on Patent Law in the Masters Program on Commercial Law at Tel Aviv University and the University of California at Berkeley
    • A guest lecturer on Patent Law in the Law Faculties of Tel Aviv University (since 2004), University of Haifa (2003-2013), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998-2004)
    • A guest lecturer at international and Israeli conferences organized, amongst others, by the Ministry of Justice, the Weizmann Institute, the Israel Bar Association, INTA and others
    • A former Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of Lex Mundi (1997-2001), the leading network of independent law firms and currently vice-chair of the Lex Mundi Intellectual Property Group EMCA (European)
    • Member of INTA, the International Trademark Association, ALAI, the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale and ECTA, European Communities Trade Mark Association
    • A former representative, on behalf of the State of Israel, to the Diplomatic Convention for Copyright Law (1996)
    • A lecturer at courses for Israeli judges
    • A guest writer in the Israeli press - e.g. a review of the question of who owns an invention - the employer or the employee, which appeared in a special issue of “Calcalist” (a national business magazine)