Seeking a New Commissioner

Friday’s Idiot Achronot had an advertisement to the effect that the Ministry of Justice was looking for candidates to serve as the Head of the Patent Authority – The Commissioner of Patents.

More details can be obtained using ‘Chat’ at http://www.csc.gov.il

Applicants should download and fill out form 584 and a questionnaire on the website. In addition to the form and questionaire, Applicants are invited to submit a CV, recommendations, certificates of qualifications and other documents that indicate their suitability.

The final date for submission is 21 February 2017.

COMMENT

The last time the Ministry of Justice went on a Commissioner Hunt was in November 2010. I don’t know if Commissioner Kling is intending to go back to private practice, has been appointed to the Supreme Court or is intending to explore where no man has gone before him. I also don’t know if he’s given notice, has received his marching orders, or if the contract was only for 7 years.

Candidates are expected to have 10 years of practice since being licensed as attorneys by the Israel Bar, and should have IP experience and knowledge. Since the deadline for submission of candidateship is only a couple of weeks away, I suspect that the committee has a preferred candidate in mind, but do not have any idea who that is. I wonder if Deputy Commissioner Ms Jacqueline Bracha is putting forward herself as a candidate? Maybe it is time for a woman to serve in this illustrious position?

I think that coming after Dr Meir Noam, Commissioner Kling had a hard act to follow, but has done admirably well. The Israel Patent Office is now fully computerized and Patent Attorneys can submit Applications and other documentation on-line. There is greater transparency in the patent, design and trademark examination process (although we doubt the appointment of a Commissioner will be a transparent process). The patent office hosts periodic round tables and seminars to educate the profession and to obtain feedback from them. Examination standards seem to be higher and more consistent and decisions and rulings are detailed, and relate to the black letter law, case-law and comparable decisions from the UK, US and EPO.

It is the nature of a blog like this to point out apparent inconsistencies and what we consider to be poor rulings, but these are isolated instances. The overall picture is healthy. There have even been recent instances of patent attorneys who have moved from private practice to working as Examiners.

We wish all candidates the best of luck!

2 Responses to Seeking a New Commissioner

  1. Andy Baker says:

    I recently attended an opposition that was handled by the Israel Patent Commissioner. He informed us that his term of office will expire on April 30. He said that it is not possible to extend his term.

  2. Yes, he has confirmed that that this was a six year non-extendible contract.

    The tender was sudden and short. This indicates that the committee (or whoever calls the shots) had a candidate in mind.

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