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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #265 on: Mar 11th, 2006, 1:08pm »
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Is there now an unspoken moratorium at the PTO on hiring attorney patent examiners (i.e. people who want to be patent examiners that happen to have a JD)?
 
I've seen a report recently that attributes some of the high examiner turnover to "JD examiners" who leave the PTO for much higher paying firm jobs.  Just wondering whether it's worth my time (as someone with a JD) to apply for an examiner position or not.  Thanks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #266 on: Mar 11th, 2006, 1:24pm »
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Here is my experience.  I have a preliminary offer--just waiting for the background check for it to be made official.  I also have a JD.  I think as others have posted here, it is important to speak to an SPE in an area where you would qualify to work (in person if possible).  Then explain your good reason for wanting to work there and that you plan to stay for a while.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #267 on: Mar 11th, 2006, 2:24pm »
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does anyone know how the official offers come (by letter/email) and if by letter, through what postal service (USPS, priority mail, fed ex)?
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« Reply #268 on: Mar 11th, 2006, 5:03pm »
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My experience was that the offer was given over the phone and followed up through the mail.   I accepted over the phone and negotiated a start date over the phone.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #269 on: Mar 12th, 2006, 11:37am »
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There is no moratorium on hiring JD's that i've seen. I helped someone with a JD get hired - gave his resume/transcripts to my SPE and he was quickly hired.  
 
I know many SPE's that earned their law degrees after going to school part-time while they were still primaries. The fact is that six or seven years down the road, after getting your law degree and working at the office, you're pushing up against GS-15, making 6 figures, and have the job figured out (i.e. no more than 40 hours a week unless you want to make some extra bank). Not a bad gig, given the move into a competitive private sector marketplace.
 
Isaac's experience is similar to mine - offer was given over the phone, in my case at the end of the interview.
 
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