Education

  • We have the experience, depth of resource and specialist expertise to represent universities, colleges, post-graduate institutes, schools and academics on a wide range of legal and regulatory issues relating to the educational field. In particular our expertise and experience includes:

     

    • Acting for colleges before the Ministry of Education in connection with the recognition of the colleges as academic institutions with the right to confer degrees and professional qualifications
    • Challenging and seeking judicial review of the legality of the procedures, actions and decisions of the Ministry of Education and local municipalities
    • Acting for academic institutions on the negotiation and drafting of collective agreements with academic and non-academic members of staff
    • Representing academic institutions on the commercialisation of intellectual property generated by members of staff, research students and visiting academics
    • Advice concerning rules and procedures governing the ownership of intellectual property created or discovered at academic institutions, including disputes relating to ownership and royalties
    • Advising on governance issues, in particular the status of academic institutions set up to be a company for the public benefit
    • Representation in connection with disputed endowments and bequests to academic institutions

     

    Our multidisciplinary team draws on the firm’s internationally recognised administrative law, intellectual property, employment, litigation, regulatory and tax lawyers in order to offer our clients an integrated, seamless service that provides a "one-stop shop service" for the sector.

    • Representing Bar-Ilan University in connection with its various tenders, including the following:

     

    (i) in an administrative proceeding concerning a tender published by the University for the supply and installation of communication infrastructures and equipment;

    (ii) advising in connection with the publication of a tender for the establishment of a unique computer system for the administration of students, a project of great importance to the diversified and large-scale activities of the University and its branches; and

    (iii) providing a legal opinion to the University's tenders committee as to the application of a regulatory exemption from a mandatory tender concerning co-operation agreements

     

    • Advising Israel’s leading technology transfer companies for academic institutions, including Yeda Research and Development Ltd., the technology transfer arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Ramot at Tel Aviv University and Yissum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, concerning the commercialisation and ownership of intellectual property created or discovered at such institutions, including representation in disputes relating to ownership and royalties
    • Representing Ramot at Tel Aviv University in a multi-million dollar claim against Cisco Systems concerning rights in a service invention developed by a professor at the university
    • Representing Ariel University in defending proceedings brought against it following the issue of a tender for the implementation and maintenance of an ERP system for the University.  The claim against the University was withdrawn.  The firm also provides general and ongoing advice to the University's tenders committee
    • Representing the Centre of Academic Studies in proceedings brought against it by former employees, entailing the need for examination of a range of issues related to the activities of the Centre of Academic Studies as an institute of higher education 
    • Representing the Hadassah Medical Organisation in proceedings regarding the recognition of training periods in dentistry as a period of work
    • Representing the owner of IP rights at a leading Israeli university in proceedings against a company that financed research at the university, as well as in defending a claim brought by an inventor in respect of alleged unpaid royalties concerning technology originally created at the university