The IPA has announced a new fast track prosecution for applicants filing their priority application in Israel.

Starting from January 1st 2011 the pilot program will be available allowing a search report and first office action within 3 months.

Applicants will need to state that the application is the first filed and that they intend to file abroad claiming the benefit of the Israeli priority application.

As applications in Israel usually filed in English (even by Israeli applicants) and due to the fact that the IPA is about to become a International Search Authority (PCT) – this pilot program have benefits to international applicants.