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fizziks
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1245 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 4:04pm »
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I'll be graduating with a physics BS degree in mid-december. I've applied for a Patent Examiner (Physics) position through 'usajob dot com' last week.  
 
How long does it usually take for them to respond/give me results? Are the majority of their interviews done through phone if I'm out of state?  
 
I've read that the only way to get hired now is through a referral of a current patent examiner. Is this true?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1246 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:41pm »
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fizziks,
 
The PTO had been very inconsistent in terms of responding to its applicants. All I can tell you is that it was about a month between online application date and the day I received a call to set up for an interview.
 
Again, no one will be able to tell you how many applicant had their interview over the phone. I had mine over the phone.
 
About a month ago, I saw PTO held a job fair in its HR office.  
 
Good luck to you.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1247 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:44pm »
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I have read through most of the posts in this thread, so my questions from my previous post were answered. But what I want to know is when the fiscal year for 2008 starts? Did it start in Oct of this year?  
 
I've just sent an e-mail today to the hiring contact for Physics. I asked about the hiring process and some general questions. Is the on-site interview imperative, to the point that will make or break my chances of getting hired in a timely manner?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1248 on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 1:56pm »
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So, I've looked through the basic requirements to qualify for a computer/electrical engineering patent examiner position at USAjob dot com.
 
I have a physics degree with courses very similar to an electrical engineering degree. Is it required to have a engineering degree or having a physics degree with EE courses sufficient enough?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #1249 on: Dec 6th, 2007, 2:51pm »
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I've sent an e-mail to the hiring contact in the physics/optics area. He told me that area is done with hiring this year? Does this mean I have to wait until next sept/oct to apply again?
 
Can anyone working at the USPTO confirm this? What areas are full and not hiring anyone this year?
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