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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1160 on: Jul 20th, 2007, 3:10pm »
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PTA start dates for the coming two months are 8/20 and 9/17. If there is one in the first week of September, it looks like two PTA classes for September. I know there is one person starting on 8/20.  Is there anyone out there starting PTA class in September?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1161 on: Jul 20th, 2007, 3:53pm »
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on Jul 18th, 2007, 4:28pm, iSee wrote:
I'd appreciate it if someone (current or previous tenants, or basically anyone who knows) can comment on the overall condition of the Southern Towers on Seminary Blvd.:
 
- Any public transportation (bus, DASH, Metro) stops within walking distance?
 
- Acceptable management?
- Acceptable maintenance?
- Any other info useful to a potential tenant?
 
I am looking for a 1-BR unit, and I found that its rent is within my expectation.

 
 
 have the same questions about Southern Towers. Basically, is this a good place to rent and, is it convenient to go to work at PTO (bus)?
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1162 on: Jul 20th, 2007, 5:29pm »
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on Jul 20th, 2007, 3:53pm, joat wrote:

 
 
 have the same questions about Southern Towers. Basically, is this a good place to rent and, is it convenient to go to work at PTO (bus)?
 

Southern Towers is at Seminary Road on the northern side of the 395, right? I think I know someone that lives there. I know he takes the bus to the PTO. I don't know how convenient a route it is though. The closest metro is the Van Dorn station. I haven't heard him say anything about living there. I'll try to ask next week.
 
If you have a car, I'd actually recommend driving. When you're moving here you probably have expectations about traffic. The interstates are definitely awful. While there is still traffic on surface streets, it's not that bad. I live on Van Dorn  street (near Southern Towers) and drive to the PTO with no problems whatsoever.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1163 on: Jul 21st, 2007, 12:16am »
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mk1023,
 
Please do find out for me next week about Southern Towers. I really appreciate that.
 
Actually, I don't know why I keep on choosing an apartment based on bus routes to PTO. Must be the $110/month subsidy from PTO (and the $90/month parking out of my own pocket otherwise).
 
How long is driving from your place to PTO on a typical work day?
 
Thanks!
 
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1164 on: Jul 21st, 2007, 1:47pm »
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Based on what people have said here it seems that technical training isn’t really the important part of being an examiner.  So why do some people with PhDs end up working there?  I met someone with a PhD from Harvard who is an examiner.  What’s up with that?  Is that just overkill?  Does the PTO have the Harvard phds working alongside kids with a BSE from Univ. of Kentucky with a 2.5 GPA?  Or do the highly educated examiners do more of the complex examining?  Do they get paid a lot more?
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