Contributed By Gilat, Bareket & Co., Reinhold Cohn Group
Representation is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
The period varies significantly between different technological fields. The period also changes over time (in recent years examination has been shortened in duration due to an increase in the number of patent examiners).
Based on the ILPTO Annual Report of 2017, the average prosecution period has shortened in the last few years. According to the Patent Office, this is due to re-organisation and more efficient examination procedures. Their report shows that recent prosecutions have lasted (in months):
For the national phase in Israel, from filing to grant, including professional fees and official fees (also varies between technological fields and the amount of work required from the local patent attorney):
Please note that the duration and average costs relate only to the examination period and do not include opposition proceedings, which can significantly increase the cost and duration until the grant of the patent.