The Israel Patent Office is holding the vivas or oral exams for wannabee trainees on 28th and 29th March.
The first day coincides with the IPR master classes.
Although the IPR conference is not geared towards trainee patent attorneys looking to obtain their Israel license, there are no doubt some in-house IP managers that are trying to qualify in Israel, and there may be some trainee patent attorneys that would find the Best Practices Conference of interest. Some of the judges might be interested in attending a Master Class.
I think it is a shame that the Israel professional organizations, patent office and conference coordinators cannot coordinate to avoid these clashes. The IPR event is an annual affair and there are oral exams twice a year. Would coordination be so difficult?
The dates of the written exams for Computers, Electronics and Mechanics will be on 2 April 2016 and for Biology and Chemistry will be on 4 April 2016. I don’t know how many patent attorney candidates are capable of answering mechanics and chemistry or computers and biology, but some patent attorneys and trainees have wide scientific interests and capabilities and I am not sure that it is justified to force candidates to decide in advance which sitting to attend.