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The Israeli Supreme Court: Patent rights do not override Patients' rights!
  • The Israeli Supreme Court: Patent rights do not override Patients' rights!

    By Tal Band, Chair of the Intellectual Property practice group | 30/06/2016


    In a landmark judgment[1] rendered on June 15, 2016, the Supreme Court allowed an appeal filed by The Manufacturers Association of Israel (“the Association”), but denied that filed by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. (“MSD”), thereby determining that MSD's patent term extension (“PTE”) for ezetimibe (EZETROL®, marketed in the US under the name ZETIA®), has expired. The judgment has significant importance, both with respect to the constitutionality, as well as to the purposive interpretation of the amendment of the Israeli Patents Law, 1967 back in 2006.

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  • The Government has Crossed the Line

    By S. Horowitz & Co. | 19/06/2018


    An action filed by Adv. and Partner Amir Caspari and Adv. Barack Lifshits of our firm revealed an extraordinary story: buyers of private land near Zur Igal and Kochav Yair were astonished to discover that, according to the government, the land is not within the borders of Israel, but rather east of the Green Line. Now, they are suing damages of 27.5M NIS. For the full story in Globes: https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001241947

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  • 2018 CofaceBdi ranking guide

    By S. Horowitz & Co. | 18/06/2018


    According to the recently published 2018 CofaceBdi ranking guide, our firm continues to maintain its status as an “Elite Firm” for Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Communications, Project Finance, Banking & Finance, Energy and Infrastructure, Competition & Antitrust, Litigation, Taxation, Commercial Law, Commercial –International, and Class Actions. In addition, we were ranked a “Notably Prominent Firm” for Health, Liquidation & Receivership, Real Estate Taxation, Tort, Insurance, Environmental, Hi-Tech, Debt Restructuring, Higher Education, Transport (Aviation & Maritime), Real Estate, Private Asset Management, Labor & Employment, White Collar, Municipalities, Capital Markets, Planning and Construction, China and East Asia and Cooperative Associations. Once again, we wish to thank our clients and colleagues for their trust and appreciation, and we undertake to continue offering our clients the highest quality of comprehensive legal services. For the full ranking click here: https://www.bdicode.co.il/company/s-horowitz-co/%D7%9E%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%93%D7%99-%D7%A2%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%9B%D7%99-%D7%93%D7%99%D7%9F/

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  • Adv. Michelle Liberman, a partner in our Corporate and Commercial Practice Group, took part in a panel held by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC Israel) yesterday, as part of their annual conference, addressing the relationship between the inhouse corporate legal counsel and the external legal counsel, including the complexity and the challenges involved. To view the post click here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6412201956261138432

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  • On June 6, 2018, our firm held the annual seminar in memory of Dr. Amnon Goldenberg, the former senior partner of the firm, at the S. Horowitz Institute for Intellectual Property, the Tel Aviv University School of Law. This year, the evening was dedicated to patents and access to medicine and included lectures by Supreme Court Justice Prof. Ofer Grosskopf, Adv. Tal Band, a senior partner and head of our Intellectual Property Practice Group, Adv. Richard Luthi and TheMarker’s health correspondent, Ms. Ronny Linder-Ganz. Mrs. Ora Goldenberg awarded scholarships and presented prizes to researchers and students for their research on intellectual property, including Prof. David Gilo, former Director General of the Israeli Antitrust Authority and Prof. Niva Elkin-Koren.

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  • Senior attorneys who represent giant corporations in Israel convened at an Israel Bar Association Conference for a special panel session and they attempted to provide answers to questions and challenges that globalization presents to the local legal and business world. Adv. Alex Hertman, a senior partner in our firm, explained that “the law always comes last when it comes to economic developments and it is not only in the State of Israel, but the entire world. This is particularly true when it comes to the recognition of foreign judgements relating to status and insolvency – since the legal world is considered as local and reflects social values and perceptions”. According to him, the State of Israel was not prepared in the past to recognise that globalization exists and that companies that operate and trade in Israel are also active in other countries and that it is necessary to recognize foreign judgements relating to their status. The new insolvency law, which will enter into force soon, is initiating a significant change in the State of Israel’s approach regarding recognizing foreign insolvency proceedings. For full coverage of the panel, visit TheMarker at https://www.themarker.com/markets/.premium-1.6140082

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  • According to a new precedential ruling handed down by the National Labor Court, an employee employed on an hourly or weekly basis, must be paid for his work no later than the end of the month in which the work was performed. In a special client update, Adv. Shoshana Gavish, Partner and Head of our Labor Law Practice Group, and Adv. Daniel Ovadia, address this new ruling and the reasons leading to it. For the full update - http://app.activetrail.com/S/eiwix3dawxw.htm

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  • This trend is based, inter alia, on the expected legal amendment that will allow a double listing on the Hong Kong and Tel Aviv stock exchanges and the recent ease of listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In light of the above, we conducted a special panel with JONES DAY®, a global law firm, focusing on collaboration with Chinese companies, fundraising capital in China, IPOs in the East, M&A deals, Intellectual Property protection and more. Our panels included guests from IOptima, Chendu Kanhong Pharmaceutical Group and a representative on behalf of the Israel Stock Exchange. To view the full post click here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6405011339080798208

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  • "CHASING THE DRAGON"

    By S. Horowitz & Co. | 16/05/2018


    In recent years, the Chinese market has become more and more attractive for Israeli companies and organizations. However, it still requires a thorough understanding of the Chinese work methods, customs and traditions, which are essential in any transaction or joint venture. We will be conducting a special roundtable discussion, together with the international law firm JONES DAY®, one of the largest law firms in the world, and its representatives from China to understand how the Chinese market operates, when and how to apply a dual listing in the Tel Aviv and Chinese stock exchanges (Shanghai, Hong Kong) , how to prepare for mergers and acquisitions ,attracting Chinese investors and finding relevant partners in China. For further details and registration: https://lnkd.in/gS6GXkt

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  • Experience proves that such regulations are very effective for organizations, beyond compliance with mere legal requirements – said Adv. Tomer Scheuerman of our Cyber Practice Group at a recent special seminar, organized together with BDO, the accounting and consulting firm. The seminar focused on the European GDPR and the new privacy protection regulations enacted in Israel, enabling participants to review and understand the practical implications of the new regulations. For a short review of the changes – http://app.activetrail.com/S/eiwix3e3zzj.htm

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  • Lex Mundi is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of independent law firms, of which our firm is the exclusive member in Israel. To date, Adv. Liberman has filled various roles in Lex Mundi, including Vice-Chair of the Cross Border Transaction Group, member of the Women in the Law Committee and member of the Board of Directors, a position that she will continue to fill. We are proud of Michelle and her achievements and feel confident that her professional and interpersonal skills will lead her to further achievements.

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