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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #135 on: Jun 29th, 2005, 8:54pm »
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I thought some people might like to read this:  
 
 
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05720.pdf
 
Its the GAO's report on the USPTO and working conditions.  
 
Is it really true that USPTO employees never get the annual cost of living increases?  
 
 Huh
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #136 on: Jun 29th, 2005, 9:32pm »
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on Jun 29th, 2005, 8:54pm, patentpending wrote:
I thought some people might like to read this:  
 
 
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05720.pdf
 
Its the GAO's report on the USPTO and working conditions.  
 
Is it really true that USPTO employees never get the annual cost of living increases?  
 
 Huh

 
 
Interesting, from the conclusion section:
 
"To improve its ability to attract and retain the highly educated and qualified
patent examiners it needs, USPTO has taken a number of steps recognized
by experts as characteristic of highly effective organizations. However, the
lack of an effective communication strategy and a collaborative
environment that is inclusive of all layers within the organization could
undermine some of USPTO’s efforts. Specifically, the lack of
communication and collaborative culture has resulted in a general distrust
of management by examiners and has caused a significant divide between
management and examiners on important issues such as the
appropriateness of the current production model and the need for technical
training. We believe that unless USPTO begins the process of developing an
open, transparent, and collaborative work environment, its efforts to hire
and retain examiners may be negatively impacted in the long run."
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Chad
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #137 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 9:36am »
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I thought that the pay scale and pay raises took into account locality and inflation.  
 
Anyone got any solid info?
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Chad
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #138 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 9:54am »
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Sorry for the double post but I just stumbled across the POPA website.
 
Has anyone read any of their newsletters?  The one I read made it sound like the USPTO was going down the tubes...fast.  
 
Any opinions on POPA? And is it really getting that bad for employees of the USPTO?
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JB
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #139 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 10:52am »
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No it is not bad. POPA is just so extreme in their thinking. I would take what they write and say with a grain of salt.
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