Telecommunications

  • Our telecommunications team combines telecoms experts with competition, data protection, corporate, information management, intellectual property, finance and commercial specialists, in order to cover all legal aspects of the telecoms arena.  By translating our expertise into high quality, practical and commercial advice we help our clients to maintain their key roles in the marketplace. Our work in the field has been recognised by the legal directories where the Legal 500 has ranked us in the top tier for telecommunications and has described the team as being "the best for service and professionalism".

     

    We advise on the full range of issues in the sector, from regulatory and commercial to mergers and acquisitions. Our expertise includes:

     

    • Representing clients before Israeli regulatory authorities and negotiating operating, control and pledge permits and licences from the Ministry of Communications and other regulatory agencies
    • Advising on the financing of the construction and operation of mobile phone operators, broadcasters, satellite operators and the operators of submarine cable telecommunications systems
    • Advising on intellectual property, competition law and other regulatory issues specific to the industry
    • Acting on mergers and acquisitions of companies engaged in the telecommunications sector, including handling both the corporate aspects and all associated regulatory approvals
    • Advising on joint ventures and strategic alliances with telecommunications companies, handling both the corporate aspects and the associated regulatory approvals
    • Data protection and privacy issues
    • Obtaining permits for the export of encryption technology and other dual use technology that would otherwise be unlawful under Israel's implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement

     

    Our clients include multinational telecommunications companies, mobile phone manufacturers, mobile phone operators, satellite operators, network operators, cable franchisees, internet content providers, internet service providers, newspapers and the institutions that finance and invest in telecommunications activities.

     

    • Representing Israel's three leading cellular operators and service providers, Pelephone, Cellcom and Partner, in a multi-million dollar patent infringement proceedings arising from the manufacture and sale of pre-paid calling cards
    • Representing Nokia, a global leading supplier of mobile phones and mobile and fixed telecommunication networks, in various patent disputes
    • Representing Bezeq International and Alcatel in a multi-million dollar patent infringement proceedings regarding long distance call system
    • Representing and advising Cellcom and Pelephone, cellular operators and service providers, in various IP matters
    • Representing Endemol International BV in a copyright and trade secret dispute against Israel’s commercial Channel 10 over the "Big Brother" TV show format
    • Dealing with the ongoing and regular trade mark prosecution work, as well as providing DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (the renowned Hollywood animated motion pictures studios) with advice and various opinions. Additionally, managing DreamWorks’ IP rights and interests vis-à-vis the Israeli customs authorities
    • Representing Luach Yedioth AhronothLtd., an operator of a classified website and a subsidiary of Yedioth Ahronoth Ltd. (Israel's largest media group) in two corresponding proceedings before the Registrar of Trade Marks as well as the District Court, with respect to the validity and alleged infringement of the "Yad2" (the Hebrew equivalent of the term "2nd Hand") trademark registered by another classified website operator
    • Representing Waterfall Security Solutions Ltd. in a patent and trade secrets dispute with a competitor in the cyber security sector