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Isaac
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #155 on: Jul 14th, 2005, 10:50pm »
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I found the workout facility to be adequate and quite a bargain,
but I only used the weight lifting area.  I would come in before
work or use time during lunch to work out.  Now that I've left
the PTO, I haven't found any schedule anywhere near as convenient.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #156 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 8:28am »
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IC
 
Did you feel that the patent office prepared you well for work outside the office?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #157 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 11:23am »
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The "Fitness Center" is very nice (especially compared to the old one in Crystal City). I would say that it is comparable to a Bally's or WSC (Washington Sports Club). There are many classes and the equipment is new (or newer).
 
The cafeteria is nice and comparable to other new office building cafeterias......
 
Overall the facilities are top notch.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #158 on: Jul 15th, 2005, 2:16pm »
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Is this "Fitness Center" just for employees or can spouses use it also? My wife was asking me about that today...
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #159 on: Jul 19th, 2005, 1:47am »
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on Jul 15th, 2005, 8:28am, guest wrote:
IC
 
Did you feel that the patent office prepared you well for work outside the office?

 
I took a while to respond to this because I did not have a ready
answer.  I think the experience I gained at the patent office was
invaluable.  It also helped me to land my current job.  However
people get entry level associate jobs with no experience, and I
did have some experience as a drafting applications before working
at the patent office.   I've been able to get a quick start at the
firm, and I've already drafted one application which was within the
same art area I examined at the patent office.
 
I should also point out that I stayed at the PTO for only slightly
more than 1 year.  I think 2-3 years of experience is useful, and
I think the return diminishes after that, but 1 year of experience
probably is less than optimum.
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