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JTripodo
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Working for the USPTO
« on: Jan 31st, 2005, 3:02pm »
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Just wondering if any patent examiners from the USPTO out there can give any indication of what its like to work for the USPTO as an examiner and how difficult it is to get hired.
 
I'm going to one of their Job Fair's this weekend and hope that I've got a shot at getting hired!
 
Thanks,
John
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 1st, 2005, 7:20am »
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It depends on what your background is and how you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
 
It is very competitive because everyone wants to work there. I hear there are stacks of resumes from all over the country.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #2 on: Feb 1st, 2005, 7:51am »
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I have a BS in Physics and have worked as a Software Developer for the past 12 years. I have had experience as an electrical design engineer designing microelectronic (hybrid) circuits.
 
Also, not sure if it helps, I spent 4 years in the Air Force as an Aircraft Electrician.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #3 on: Feb 1st, 2005, 9:06am »
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on Feb 1st, 2005, 7:20am, Guest wrote:
It depends on what your background is and how you stand out from the rest of the crowd.
 
It is very competitive because everyone wants to work there. I hear there are stacks of resumes from all over the country.

 
I find this very hard to believe.  I think someone is pulling your leg John.  If you have an eng degree, speak at least a bit of English, and breathe oxygen you'll probably get an offer.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #4 on: Feb 1st, 2005, 9:11am »
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By the way, my post above isn't intended to be a knock on the USPTO or the people who work there.  Rather, it just seems that they always have a long list of job openings:
<A HREF="http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/ohr/jobs/jobs.htm"> USPTO Job Board</A>
 
I've checked this list periodically over the years and it's always long.
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