Just over a year ago, I was entrusted with directing the US operations of JMB Davis Ben-David. However, as our firm is based in Israel, I was to do this from my desk in Jerusalem, some 7,000 miles away from the US. Given the way intellectual property law is traditionally practiced globally, this was not an immediately obvious service for our firm to provide. After all, how can an IP firm located outside the US represent a client before the USPTO?!
In retrospect, this decision was highly logical and helpful, both to our domestic clients and to many of our overseas clients. Our experienced team includes several US-licensed patent attorneys and agents, some of whom worked at US law firms before moving to Israel; and our clients are continually seeking to decrease costs, and increase speed and efficiency. But still, did it really make sense for clients to use an Israel-based firm to represent them or their clients before the USPTO?!