"The most prominent IP litigator in Israel. "
By Chambers Global

Overview

Tal Band is a member of the Executive Board and the Management Committee, and is the Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Tal represents high-profile clients in litigation before Israel’s civil courts and the Patents and Trademarks Office (Israel Patent Authority) on all matters relating to patents, trademarks and copyright. He represents local and foreign clients in complex litigation to protect their intellectual property rights, including know-how and trade secrets. Tal also represents Israeli clients with global operations across multiple jurisdictions, in close cooperation with leading litigators in the US, the UK and worldwide.

Tal’s clients are leading players in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, defence and security, telecommunications, media, manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as investors, universities and start-ups.

The world’s top-ranking legal guides regularly single Tal out as a first-tier Intellectual Property litigator in Israel.

Tal has been described by Chambers Global as “The most prominent IP litigator in Israel“, “a fantastic IP trial lawyer who is intelligent and can be counted on for first-class legal work“, as well as being “one of, if not the most gifted litigators in the country“, by the World Trademark Review. IAM Patents 1000 also described Tal, stating that “His knowledge, deep understanding of the complexity of the issues at hand, creativity and vast experience set him apart from his peers and have certainly raised the bar for the required level of argumentation before the various instances and other legal forums and tribunals”.

Tal served as President of the Israel Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (AIPPI) between 2004-2016, as Chair of the AIPPI International Membership Committee between 2010-2014, and is still active in the international organisation. Tal holds the AIPPI Award of Merit for his extensive service to the association.

Tal is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (2010- present). He leads the cooperation between the firm and the Faculty, which established the S. Horowitz Institute for Intellectual Property.

Tal was Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries) between 2010-2014, Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of Lex Mundi between 1997-2001 and Vice-Chair of the Lex Mundi Intellectual Property Group EMCA (European) between 1997-2001.Tal served as Chairperson of the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Business that took place in Israel in November 2013, focusing on the topic: Economy of Innovation. Following the Conference’s success, a second conference was held in March 2016. The conferences were organized by the Israeli chapter of AIPPI, in collaboration with various organizations, all with significant footprints in the Intellectual Property world: WIPO, AIPLA, Law Schools, the Israel Patent Office, Israel’s Ministry of Economy and more. The conferences reached out to industry and businesses alike, and joined forces with the Academia, the judiciary and government.

By invitation, Tal is a regular speaker at Israel’s major law faculties where he lectures on Intellectual Property issues.

Tal has been a member of various public expert committees appointed by the Government of Israel to review legislation in various fields, in particular the Law Revision Committees overseeing the Patents Law, the Trademarks Law, implementation of the TRIPS agreements, practice and legal proceedings before the Patent Office and the Standards Law. Tal played a key role in negotiations with the United States Trade Representative on the scope of Intellectual Property protection in Israel.

 

Publications

Tal is a regular contributor to practitioner and international reference books on Intellectual Property, and has written the Israel chapters in the following legal works:

  • Co-author of the Israel chapter in the Study on the Legal Aspects of Supplementary Protection Certificates in the EU (Commissioned by the European Commission, 2018).
  • Israel Chapter, the Patent Litigation Law Review, (The Law Reviews, 1st and 2nd Editions, November 2017, November 2018).
  • Patent Protection for Second Medical Uses (Wolters Kluwer, September 2016).
  • Patent Claim Interpretation: Global Edition (Thompson Reuters/Westlaw, 2012-2013).
  • Co-authored the Israeli Edition Guide: Making a Mark – an Introduction to Trademarks for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (WIPO, 2010).
  • Country Q&A on Regulation of Pharmaceutical Products in Israel (Practical Law’s Life Sciences, 2009/10).
  • The International Intellectual Property Litigation (FT LAW&TAX, Sweet & Maxwell, 1997-2010).
Languages: EnglishHebrew
Admissions: Israel Bar, 1984
Education: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B. cum laude, (1983)

Experience

Tal’s clients include leading players from the pharmaceuticals, life sciences, telecommunications, internet and internet-related technologies, media, defence, manufacturing and retail sectors, such as: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Google and Waze Mobile Ltd.; Dexcel; Mazor (owned by Medtronic); ISCAR, a world leader in the manufacture of metalworking tools (part of the IMC Group, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway); Nokia; Alcatel; LEGO; Anheuser-Busch (the manufacturers of Budweiser Beer) and Rothschild Wineries. Tal and his team also act for some of Israel’s leading technology transfer companies, such as: Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd.; and Hadasit, all of which have acted as major contributors to Israel’s status as a powerful “start-up nation”. Tal also acts as Intellectual Property advisor to the Tel Aviv University.

Tal’s extensive experience includes:

  • Representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company and the leading IP litigant in Israel (particularly patent litigation), in its regulatory work in Israel and all its contentious matters in Israel, including patent infringement actions, patent oppositions, service inventions and trade secrets disputes, as well as providing freedom to operate opinions. This includes numerous patent litigation cases in Israel, regarding a wide array of generic versions of various drugs (in particular, blockbuster drugs, each having annual sales in excess of USD 1 billion), as well as cases relating to Teva’s innovative products.
  • Representing Google and Waze Mobile Ltd. in a patent infringement claim regarding the Waze carpool ride sharing application. This was the first time that Google and Waze Mobile were challenged with such an infringement claim.
  • Representing ISCAR Ltd., in defending various claims for royalties in the form of alleged “service inventions” by former employees. In one of the cases, the High Court of Justice refused to intervene in a decision rendered by a special tribunal, which denied, in limine, a claim for compensation filed against ISCAR by a former employee, and held that an employee may waive his right to seek compensation for service inventions, and that such waiver need not necessarily be explicit.
  • Representing the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Environmental industries Association of the Manufacturer’s Association of Israel in a wide range of matters, including all regulatory matters relevant to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, the drafting of IP legislation in Israel and legal proceedings before the courts and the Israel Patents Office in diverse proceedings relating to IP issues (in particular, patents and patent-term extensions), which have a general bearing and importance to the entire pharmaceutical industry.
  • Representing Simplivia Healthcare Ltd. (owned by FIMI Opportunity Funds), in enforcing its patents with respect to a drug mixing device.
  • Representing Tel Aviv University on a regular and ongoing basis, with respect to various copyright, trademark and IP-related matters concerning the University’s activities and different projects.
  • Representing Israel’s leading technology transfer companies, such as Ramot at Tel Aviv University, and advising them on matters relating to technology transfer and service inventions.
  • Representing Israel’s three leading cellular operators and service providers, Pelephone, Cellcom and Partner, in defending against patent infringement proceedings relating to pre-paid calls
  • Representing Dexcel Pharma Ltd., the second- largest pharmaceutical company in Israel, on various contentious and regulatory work in Israel in the field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as in various high-value class actions claiming non-compliance with regulatory requirements, or resulting from product recalls.
  • Representing LEGO in litigation related to the protection of its IP rights, trademarks and copyrights, and in its efforts against several importers to Israel of counterfeit games and building blocks.
  • Representing Smart Shooter Ltd., a leading Israeli start-up company which developed a revolutionary technology and a device to be incorporated into firearms, in several proceedings, including patent oppositions and trade secrets litigation.

 

Recognition

The world’s top-ranking legal guides regularly single Tal out as a first-tier Intellectual Property litigator in Israel. For example, he has been lauded by World Trademark Review for his prowess as “one of the most formidable IP litigators in Israel”.

  • IAM Patent 1000 2020: “At the center of it all” is chief life sciences litigator Tal Band, whose name inspires reverence from the rest of the Israeli patent scene”. “His knowledge, deep understanding of the complexity of the issues at hand, creativity and vast experience set him apart from his peers and have certainly raised the bar for the required level of argumentation before the various instances and other legal forums and tribunals”.
  • IAM Global Leaders 2020: Tal Band was named in the IAM Global Leaders Guide, which aims to identify the “best of the best” in the patent world.
  • Chambers Global 2020: “Tal Band is one of the leading litigators in IP in Israel” by market observers. A source added: “He is extremely knowledgeable, very good, meticulous and smart.” His vast experience includes advising on trademark and patent opposition and infringement.
  • The Legal 5002020: yet again ranked Tal among an elite club of “Hall of Fame” members in Israel, in the field of Intellectual Property.
  • WTR (World Trademark Review) 2020: “Venerated IP litigator Tal Band heads the practice. His sheer gravitas and ability to execute in the courtroom have made him an indispensable part of the strategy of global giants including Teva and Anheuser-Busch; he is ‘one of the nation’s finest’. ”
  • IP STARS 2020 and previous years: Tal Band received stars in the guide’s individual rating, in the patent and trademark categories, receiving recognition for his professionalism, expertise, extensive and unique knowledge.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2020: Tal Band wins glowing praise for his “deep knowledge of Israeli patent law”. He is “extremely thorough and thoughtful about the advice he provides”.
  • Who’s Who Legal – Thought Leaders 2019: Tal Band, Head of the Intellectual Property Practice, is one of the few Israeli lawyers chosen by Who’s Who Legal to be included as one of the world’s best “Thought Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry”.
  • Chambers Global 2019: “Outstanding practitioner. Tal Band is recognised in the market for his quality as a patent litigator. He draws praise for his technical legal skills and is well versed in sectors including technology and pharmaceuticals.”
  • IAM Patent 1000 2019: “’At the center of it all’ is chief life sciences litigator Tal Band, whose name inspires reverence from the rest of the Israeli patent scene. One peer dubs him ‘the senior IP litigator in Israel’, while another counts him as ‘one of the best’. ”
  • WTR (World Trademark Review) 2019: Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Tal Band, was ranked in the Gold (first) tier, as a “World’s Leading Trademark Professional” for Israeli enforcement and litigation.
  • WIPR (World Intellectual Property Review) Leaders Patent & Trademarks Guides 2019: Head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Tal Band, has been recognized as a leading IP practitioner in Israel.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019: “Tal Band, Head of the IP practice group, has been recognized as a leading expert in the Patents field, and ranked as ‘one of the best’ in the Israeli market – Tal is well versed in representing clients in high-stakes patent litigation proceedings.”
  • Chambers Global 2018: “The ‘well-respected’ Tal Band maintains a high standing in the market for his work as a litigator in all matters relating to intellectual property”. And also “The most prominent IP litigator in Israel.”
  • IAM Patent 1000 2018: “Tal Band is among the most active and respected litigators in the jurisdiction. His unparalleled track record–particularly in the pharmaceutical realm–makes him a premier choice”.
  • Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders 2018: Tal Band, Head of the Intellectual Property Practice, is the only Israeli lawyer chosen by Who’s Who Legal to be included as one of the world’s best Thought Leaders in the Life Sciences Industry. The selection followed a meticulous evaluation process including client, peer and legal expert feedback. Those with the highest level of support were selected for this exclusive list, comprised of only 2% of the candidates considered for all guides and Who’s Who Legal.
  • Expert Guides 2018: “Tal Band is Israel’s BEST OF THE BEST in the Patents field, and an expert in Trademark. ”

Other Activities

Tal is actively involved in Intellectual Property worldwide in a myriad ways. He is, for example:

  • A member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law (2010- present).Tal leads the firm’s cooperation with the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, which established the S. Horowitz Institute for Intellectual Property.
  • President of the Israel National Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (AIPPI) (2004-2016), following his previous position as Secretary of the Group. Tal holds the AIPPI Award of Merit for his extensive service to the association.
  • Chairperson of the AIPPI International Membership Committee (2010-2014).
  • Chairperson of the Intellectual Property Committee of IATI, Israel’s largest non-profit umbrella organisation for the High-Tech and Life Science sectors, with over 500 members (2010-2014).
  • Chairperson of the International Conference on Intellectual Property and Business that took place in Israel in November 2013, focusing on the topic: Economy of Innovation. Following the Conference’s success, a second conference was held in March 2016. The conferences were organized by the Israeli chapter of AIPPI, in collaboration with various organizations, all with significant footprints in the Intellectual Property world: WIPO, AIPLA, Law Schools, the Israel Patent Office, Israel’s Ministry of Economy and more. The conferences reached out to industry and businesses alike, and joined forces with the Academia, the judiciary and government.
  • Guest lecturer on Patent Law at the law faculties of Tel Aviv University (since 2004), University of Haifa (2003-2013), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998-2004).
  • A lecturer on Patent Law in the Masters Program on Commercial Law at Tel Aviv University and the University of California at Berkeley (2006-2007)
  • Guest lecturer at international and Israeli conferences organized, among others, by the Ministry of Justice, the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Israel Bar Association and INTA.
  • Former Chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of Lex Mundi (1997-2001), the leading network of independent law firms, and currently vice-chair of the Lex Mundi Intellectual Property Group EMCA (European) (1997-2001).
  • Member of INTA, the International Trademark Association, ALAI, the Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale and ECTA, European Communities Trade Mark Association.
  • A former representative, on behalf of the State of Israel, to the Diplomatic Convention for Copyright Law (1996).
  • A lecturer at courses for Israeli judges.
  • A guest writer in the Israeli press – e.g. Globes, Calcalist.

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