December 14, 2014
The official fees incurred for filing, prosecuting, registering and renewing patents, designs and trademarks in Israel are linked to the cost of living index. Twice a year, on 1 January and on 1 June, they are adjusted. It seems that living in Israel is ever more expensive, and each adjustment makes each fee a few Shekels more.
WIPO works differently. From time to time their fees for PCT related services are adjusted, but not necessarily upwards.
As of 1 January 2015 the basic international filing fee for a PCT application will drip from $1471 to $1384. Excess page fees will drop from $17 a page to $16 a page.
If one elects the EPO as the international Search and Examination Office, the search will cost $2366 instead of the current $2545.
Using PCT Easy saves $104 per application, and filing electronically as XML or similar saves $208. It is possible to combine these and file electronically using PCT Easy, saving $312.
December 11, 2014
Back in June 2009, I reported on the ceremonial launch of Haifa University’s Masters in Law program in Patent Law – see here.
Recently fired Minister of Justice, Tzippy Livni, authorized the Commissioner of Patents to rule on whether such programs would provide a dispensation from patent office exams for would-be patent attorneys. In September of this year, I reported about the standards for obtaining dispensation from the theory exam for patent attorneys. See here and here. Essentially, so long as the degree covers all subject matter, such as trademarks, designs, basic foreign requirements, international treaties and procedural issues, the top 20% graduating will be entitled to a dispensation from the theory exam.
The long awaited Master’s Degree in Patent Law at Haifa University is finally on
the Patent Prosecution Highway on its way. The first intake is this January. Some candidates have already signed up, but there are apparently places available.
It occurs to me, that someone interested back when the program was launched has had time to do the prerequisite science or engineering degree, and to have then done two years on the job training (hitmachut). No doubt however, there are some additional wannabe patent attorneys out there who think that this degree is the key to fame and fortune.
We wish the faculty and students every success with this endeavour!
September 10, 2014
Haifa University have announced their Masters’ Program in Patent Law. It’s WIPO accredited.
Looking at the draft circular from the patent office regarding such programs giving dispensation from the oral exam, it does not seem that it will be an easy way to get licensed as an Israel Patent Attorney. It may, however, be a good systematic way to learn the material.
It is actually an interesting point whether WIPO which is a broad-based section of the UN and gives an equal voice to all member states is necessarily relevant for general practice, where only a handful of regimes are of interest. No doubt in time, we will see if graduates of the program are better patent attorneys. I would hope that it gives a broad understanding of patents and that its graduates become counsel to firms.
April 22, 2014
Tomorrow, 23rd April 2014 is designated by the United Nations as World IP Day.
The Israel Patent Office is hosting an evening at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem, where the two students who’ve won the annual IP Essay competition will receive their prizes and Nobel Laureate and self-declared candidate for Israel President, Professor Dan Shackman will be speaking on “Technology Innovation for a Blossoming World of Peace”.
There will also be a video linkup with Francis Gurry, head of WIPO.
An invitation and more details are available הזמנה לציבור יום הקניין הרוחני .
Does a groundbreaking discovery concerning quasi-penta-symmetry in crystals qualify one to be a national president? I note that Haim Weizman was less than happy with being booted upstairs and away from the action by Ben Gurion, and that Albert Einstein had the rare good sense to refuse the presidency (he was a great physicist, but his politics were lousy). Perhaps of more interest than the titled lecture would be a presentation by Professor Shackman as to why the Knesset members should vote for him as President.
January 6, 2014
Israel Patent Application Number 227201 was timely filed. The problem was that the PCT application PCT/CA2012/000007 from which it was derived was filed late. The PCT should have been filed on 30 December 2011 but was actually filed on 4th January 2012.
The applicant of the PCT successfully persuaded the Canada Patent Office, acting as the PCT receiving office, to recognize the application as timely filed and to recognize priority of the PCT from various US provisionals: USSN 61/428,435, USSN 61/428,676 and USSN 61/428,445. This occurs under Regulation 26bis.3: Restoration of Right of Priority by Receiving Office.
Nevertheless, on entering national phase into Israel, the applicant should have petitioned to have the priorities recognized within one month. Applicant failed to do so and requested priority to be recognized in the second month from filing the national stage application.
The PCT Division of the Israel Patent Office refused to recognize priority. Applicant appealed to the Commissioner who granted leeway and referred the case back to the PCT receiving office to check that there were no other problems.
There are various reasons by which the Paris Convention deadline for filing a PCT application may be extended. Postal strikes and patent office closures are good examples. Sometimes inclement weather is allowed, but it has to be really bad.