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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #205 on: Jan 1st, 2006, 7:59am »
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Thanks for the clarification Isaac.  Clearly you have knowledge of the inner workings of the USTPO, and I do not.  Still, I think there is a parallel with the post office situation to extent that neither agency wants to have a situation in which non-exempt employees, or their union, sues the agency for assigning production goals that force unpaid overtime.
 
Far more importantly ... I wish you and all the regular readers and contributors a happy, healthy, prosperous year in 2006.
 
And don't forget ... no mail service tomorrow.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #206 on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:58pm »
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I will be getting a Master's degree in Molecular Science & Nanotechnology in August 2006 and would like to apply for an entry-level examiner position.  I have several questions:
 
(1)  When should I plan to apply if I would like to start working sometime in September 2006?
 
(2)  I want to focus on nanotech patent examination - - I know that there is no dedicated TC for nanotech but which TC is the best to contact?  Could/should I contact ALL of them that handle nanotech applications?
 
(3)  I received my J.D. in May 2005 from a top 50 law school - - is there anyway that having a J.D. can hurt my chances of becoming an examiner?  Thanks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #207 on: Jan 3rd, 2006, 2:14pm »
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Some supervisor's are understandably suspicious that applicants with law degrees are going to bolt after a year or two.    A couple of SPEs told me in explicit terms that they would not have hired someone with a law degree.   OTOH there are a number of JD holders in the examining corp and there are some career opportunities at the PTO that require having a JD.
 
I did get hired, and I did split shortly after the probationary 1 year period was up.
 
There was another licensed patent attorney in my patent academy class, but he was a dissatisifed patent attorney looking to escape law firm work.   I don't think people were nearly as anxious about retaining him.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #208 on: Jan 4th, 2006, 3:11am »
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on Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:58pm, John Deaux wrote:
I will be getting a Master's degree in Molecular Science & Nanotechnology in August 2006 and would like to apply for an entry-level examiner position.  I have several questions:
 
(1)  When should I plan to apply if I would like to start working sometime in September 2006?
 
(2)  I want to focus on nanotech patent examination - - I know that there is no dedicated TC for nanotech but which TC is the best to contact?  Could/should I contact ALL of them that handle nanotech applications?
 
(3)  I received my J.D. in May 2005 from a top 50 law school - - is there anyway that having a J.D. can hurt my chances of becoming an examiner?  Thanks.

 
I got an offer to work as an examiner immediately after I expect to get a J.D.  in May, 2006.  I hope to become a patent attorney for the USPTO, then an Administrative Patent Judge although there is a lot about the APJ job about which I do not know.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #209 on: Jan 4th, 2006, 6:38am »
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IMO, it would be a good idea to take a shot at a state bar exam prior to going to work at the PTO.   Otherwise, I suspect it will be some time before your schedule allows you to get around to doing so.  
 
 
 
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