Course for Patent Paralegals in Israel

IPR Institute

Kim Lindy’s IPR Institute is holding a training program for paralegals.

The program, called the A to Z for Patent Paralegals, appears to be fairly comprehensive. From reports from previous attendees, I would recommend this for anyone working as a paralegal or considering working as such, who lacks a wide perspective regarding the nature of the work.

The Program

  • ·        Overview of IP rights and Patents
  • ·        Understanding the US and PCT patent process
  • ·        Advanced and in depth review of IDS procedures and rules (for experienced paralegals)
  • ·        Online Resources
  • ·        US After-final procedure
  • ·        The US appeal process
  • ·        Review of patent correction alternatives (certificate of correction, reissue, reexamination)
  • ·        Abandonment and revival of US patent applications
  • ·        EP procedures


This course, presented by a senior intellectual property paralegal with nearly two decades of experience in IP procedures, regulations and training, is directed to both the novice paralegal and the experienced paralegal.  The sessions are designed to provide a guide for the patent paralegal, in particular with regards to the more complex issues of patent procedure.

Attendees will gain an invaluable overview of the patent process as well as an in-depth understanding of the intricate workings of patent formalities.

The course is delivered in a clear and comprehensive fashion, and will be accompanied with an up-to-date and easy to follow guide book which will prove to be a useful and reliable resource.

The material is designed to help you understand the procedures, not just follow them, and is focused on U.S., international (PCT), and European patent administration.

Encompassing just about everything you need to know – from filing to allowance, and beyond.

Participants can attend any of the days of the course.


Participants will receive the course materials guide book, which includes comprehensive documentation provided by the presenter, designed as a valuable source for future reference. A certificate of attendance will be given to each participant who successfully completes the course.

Course Program


Day One – 18 November 2013

08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast and gathering                                                                                 

09:00 – 12:00

  • Overview of IP rights and patents
  • US patent prosecution process overview

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Continued session

  • PCT application process overview
  • Timelines and time keeping (docketing)
  • Online resources


Day Two – 19 November 2013

08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast and gathering

09:00 – 12:00

  • IDS in depth and advanced

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Continued session

  • After – final procedure
    • Request for Continued Examination (RCE)
    • Patent term adjustment and Terminal disclaimers
  • Appeal

Day Three – 20 November 2013

08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast and gathering

09:00 – 12:00

  • EP procedures and Overview

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 Continued session

  • Correcting patents
    • Certificate of Correction
  • Reissue
  • Reexamination
  • Abandonment and revival


    Donna J. Liss, MA

    Ms. Liss is an experienced Intellectual Property Administrative Manager in the field for nearly two decades. She has been responsible for all aspects of managing and processing administrative aspects of an IP Portfolio; preparing and monitoring documentation, on line correspondence, monitoring expenses, verifying and monitoring deadlines both in Fortune 500 companies and private law firms.

    Ms. Liss brings to the course not only her years of experience in IP but her in depth knowledge and experience as a teacher. In more than two decades she has developed the ability to instruct her students and in part difficult and complicated material in a simple and direct manner.

    IPR is delighted to welcome Ms. Liss as the instructor of The Patent Paralegal A – Z Guide 2013.

    Who Should Attend?

    ** Novice Patent Paralegals (up to 1 year experience) ** Experienced Patent Paralegals (over 1 year experience) ** In House Patent Administrators  ** Formalities Assistants **Other Patent Support Staff  **College Graduates with excellent English who would like to become Patent Paralegals


    DATES: November 18, 19, 20 2013

    8.30 – 15.00

    PLACE: Forum Atidim, Ramat Hachayal Tel Aviv

    For further details, contact Kim.


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    4 replies

    1. A quick google search for Ms Donna Liss’s credentials turns up US patent application 11/624246 – quite an interesting application, really. The examiner raises the question of whether items peculiar to the Jewish tradition – a Mezuza being mentioned in claim 1 – is purely ornomental or has function. I wouldn’t have touched that one with a 10 foot pole.

      • I had a look at the application. It published as US2007173175 titled “Doll House”, and was filed by Ms Donna Liss directly. She is one of two inventors, the other being a Ms. Susan Glassman. The doll house in question is meant to depict a Jewish family, and the claims relate to having a door with a mezuza, twin sinks, a wall with a picture of the Western Wall, a display cupboard for Judaica ritual objects, Hebrew books, etc. It is indeed interesting. I note a minor typo in one of the claims. I wonder who wrote the application and whether it eventually issues.

        The main thing is that Ms Liss is certainly legally capable of filing an application that she is co-inventor of without using a registered patent agent. We note that she lives in a Streer and not in a Street, but I haven’t checked whether she was responsible for the typo, or if the USPTO was. To be honest, even if she made a mistake like that, which is mistyping an adjacent key on a QWERTY keyboard, so what?

        I have no idea who she is and no nothing about her Paralegal experience beyond the blurb that Kim wrote, which is in the posting.

        BTW, as a piece of prior art, Among my magic equipment is a “Run Rabbit Run” sucker trick (International Magic Studio, made of wood, nice model) where a rabbit runs from side to side and one shows he’s dissappeared by opening the doors. I have mezuzot on the doors.

        • It occured to me that Ms Liss’s patent application (which was abandoned) would have been unenforceable, given that the definition of a mezuza would require it to contain a handwritten scroll, whereas the doll house would only contain a representation of a mezuza – which can no more be considered a mezuza than a “matchbox” toy car can be considered a functional motor vehicle. I am left to wonder what Ms Liss’s motivation was in submitting the application – could it have been merely an exercise in patent law ?

        • Benny,

          I think she probably meant a mezuza case. I assume her wig on the doll is not that distinguishable from a doll with hair. The house is not actually big enough to warrant a mezuza. This is a doll’s house after all.

          I can’t be bothered going through the file wrapper, but I suspect this was filed for marketing leverage and could have been successful as such. I have also seen patents of this type issue.

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