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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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  • "This is a dramatic effect on the tax structures of many Israeli companies. Today, there is always a desire to transfer income to Israel or to countries with low tax rates. A change in the US tax rate will reverse the situation, encourage income retention in the US rates, and probably harm tax collection in Israel", said Leor Nouman, partner in S. Horowitz's Tax practice. In an interview with Globes, Leor discusses the implications of this major and far-reaching tax decision.

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  • S. Horowitz & Co. is delighted and proud to be ranked in the top tier in 10 practice areas, and ranked in a further 14 practice areas, according to the latest results just published by international legal directory Legal 500 2017. The 10 top tier rankings include Banking & Finance; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Competition/Antitrust; Dispute Resolution - Class Actions; Dispute Resolution - Local Litigation and Arbitration; Infrastructure Projects; Intellectual Property – Disputes; Intellectual Property - Filing and Prosecution; Telecoms and Media and Transport - Other Transport. In addition, out of the 26 partners of our firm that are recommended in the guide's Israel chapter, eight are listed in the Elite category, including Alex Hertman and Yehoshua Horesh (Dispute Resolution - Local Litigation and Arbitration), Tal Band and Avi Ordo (Intellectual Property), Anthony Bloch (Banking & Finance); Clifford Davis (Commercial, Corporate and M&A); Hagai Doron (Competition/Antitrust); and Hugh Kowarsky (Transport - Other Transport). "Uncompromising professionalism" said Legal 500 about our firm.

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  • The well reputed IP rankings guide, IPStars, has recently published its 2017 IP rankings, positioning S. Horowitz as a tier 1 firm in both patent contentious and trademarks contentious. Our firm is one of two Israeli firms listed as top-tier in both categories and the only law firm amongst the 10 largest law firms in Israel that has been ranked in either tier 1 or 2. According to the publication "clients say the firm offers 'great service with efficiency and responsiveness'” and another client "commends S Horowitz & Co for 'great, efficient service and responsiveness'”.

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  • Supreme Court upholds CNR TA light rail car win

    By S. Horowitz & Co. | 23/04/2017


    The Supreme Court in Israel has dismissed two appeals filed by French company Alstom and Spanish company CAF against the win of Chinese company CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicle. Ltd. (CRC) in the Red Line Tender for the Procurement and Maintenance of Light Rail Vehicles in Tel Aviv area ("Gush Dan"). This tender is part of Light Railway project in the Dan area for advanced mass transit system integrated with all means of transportation. The Light Railway project in the Dan area is the first of his kind in the State of Israel, and the largest and most complex transportation project ever undertaken in Israel. The Tender in question is a unique and complex tender in the amount of over NIS 1 billion for manufacture of 90 LRVs (with an option for 30 additional LRVs) and for providing maintenance services for a period of 16 years. Advocates Yehoshua Horesh, Eran Bezalel, Uriel Prinz, Hagar Pines, Ilan Golod and Michal Reshef of S. Horowitz & Co. represented CRC. "The judgment constitutes a clear policy on complex tenders and is very important good news for competition and consumers, and facilitates the inclusion of Chinese companies in complex infrastructure tenders in Israel," said Adv. Eran Bezalel. The Supreme Court ruled that the appellants would each pay NIS 75,000 in court fees.

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  • S. Horowitz & Co. is proud to be ranked as one of the most prominent law firms in Israel, ranked in 17 areas of specialization by the Dun's 100 2017 guide. Of these 17 areas, we earned the highest possible rating for 12 of our practice areas. The rankings reflect our uncompromising professionalism and deep commitment to providing our clients with the best legal service in a wide range of practice areas and sectors.

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  • Chambers and Partners has recognized our firm once again as a leading law firm in Israel for the year 2017 and was ranked in 8 practice areas: Litigation, Class Actions, IP, Banking, M&A, Competition, Tax and Project Finance and Energy. In addition, ten partners have been recognized in their fields of practice. Chambers referred to the firm as one that has" "depth of resources and cross-border capabilities" and "the service given is of the highest level." (Chambers Global 2017).

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  • S. Horowitz & Co. is pleased to have been ranked as a leading law firm in Israel in the field of Tax Law, according to the 2017 results published by BDI, the prominent domestic legal ranking guide.

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  • Amit Steinman, Phillip Waldoks, Avner Itzhaki Ronit Appel and Sapir Harpaz from our firm represented NYSE-traded, U.S. manufacturing company Danaher Corporation in its $107 million acquisition of Israeli company Advanced Vision Technology (AVT) which is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. Based in Hod Hasharon, central Israel, AVT's automatic print inspection systems ensure quality and color for the packaging and labels market. To read more click here>> https://lnkd.in/gbxS5eJ

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  • 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. As head of our IP practice group, he has been selected by WIPR, which researches the views of 12,000 IP professionals and explores the work of the lawyers nominated. With a string of accolades to his name, Tal's practice encompasses all areas of IP law for a wide range of clients in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, telecommunications, media, manufacturing and retail industries.

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  • Partner Avi Ordo has been recognized as one of the leading IP lawyers by WIPR Leaders 2017, a guide to the world's leading IP practitioners. With more than 22 years' experience, Avi has been selected by WIPR, which researches the views of 12,000 IP professionals and explores the work of the lawyers nominated. Focused on patent and trademark litigation and enforcement proceedings, he regularly appears before many Israeli civil courts, and the Israel Patent Office. His clientele spans the electronic, data processing, telecommunication, pharmaceutical, agrichemical, medical device, banking, and e-commerce sectors.

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