Commercializing your Inventions at the University of Haifa

Members of staff and students can report Intellectual Property to Carmel by completing an Invention Disclosure Form.
Staff and students are also obliged to notify their Head of Department when they create and report intellectual property.
In order to expedite evaluation of the created intellectual property, completed forms can be emailed to Carmel; however, a signed original hard copy must also be returned to:

Carmel - Haifa University Economic Corp
Eshkol Building, 25th floor, room #2502
University of Haifa, Haifa 31905
Tel: 972-4-828-8500, Fax: 972-4-828-8499

You have developed a revolutionary new technology/product/process!
Now you want to protect your research and see the efforts reflected in new products or processes in the marketplace.
Carmel is eager to work with you to make this happen.

Patent Application Process (Applying For a Patent)
Step 1 – Applying at the Patent Office
The University will file a ’provisional application’ with the Patent Office. This is a written description of your invention and when filed establishes a ’priority date’. The application is kept secret by the Patent Office.

Step 2 – Filing the complete application
Within one year of filing the provisional application, a complete application must be filed in order to maintain the priority date. The complete application is based on the provisional application but can include details of any further unpublished results, developments and improvements to the invention. The complete application is usually filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). This treaty allows a single international application to be filed, allowing the applicant to apply for patents in designated countries 18 months later.
The complete application includes a set of claims defining the scope of the protection sought for the invention. The monopoly granted under the patent will be determined by the wording of the claims. Once a complete application has been filed it cannot be changed and no new material can be added.

Step 3 – Protecting the invention in specific countries
To protect the invention in designated countries, the complete application needs to be filed in each country separately within 18 months of the PCT filing.


  • When should I apply for a patent?

If in the course of your work or research you believe that you have created intellectual property (IP), it is important to promptly protect the IP rights. Such protection is often achieved by applying for a patent.

Any public disclosure of the IP prior to its protection will prevent patenting it.

  • How is a patent applied for?

The first step is to complete the Invention Disclosure form (IDF). Intellectual Property at the University is administered by the Intellectual Property Committee under the University of Haifa's Intellectual Property Rule. After it receives your IDF, Carmel will organize a meeting with you to learn more about your work. We will then refer it to the Intellectual Property Committee for consideration.

  • How is a decision to file a patent application made?

The Intellectual Property Committee invites you to present your invention and decides whether to protect the invention by filing a patent application.
(Note: not all IP needs to be protected by a patent to be commercialized.)

  • When will applications of my invention be published?

If the complete application is filed, the provisional and complete applications are published by the Patent Office 18 months after the priority date.

  • When will a patent be granted?

for the application for various reasons, such as obviousness or lack of novelty. If objections are successfully dealt with, the application is advertised to allow any opposition by third parties. If there are no objections, or where any such opposition is unsuccessful, the patent is granted. This is done in each country separately.

  • How long will a patent last?

The maximum duration of a patent is 20 years from the filing date of the application.