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!