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daven
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #290 on: Apr 23rd, 2006, 9:00pm »
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What is the "hoteling program"?  Does it mean new hires are working at desks sitting out in the hallways?  J/KSmiley
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« Reply #291 on: Apr 24th, 2006, 6:45am »
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I recently read a report at the PTO website that said 1000 new examiners were to be hired in FY 07.  Does anyone know if this number is accurate?  I recently called a SPE to inquire about positions and she told me that I would probably be considered for next (fiscal?) year being that I'll be getting my master's in August and a new class of exmainers is expected to start in September.
 
Is there any great need for examiners with a nano background (e.g. ms in molecular science and nanotechnology)?  If so, what examining groups would be best to apply to (i.e. which group handles the most nano-related apps)?
 
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« Reply #292 on: Apr 24th, 2006, 8:09am »
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Thanks Isaac and RogerDA for the responces and the heads up about POPA's potential for pessimism.  It makes me feel alot better!
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« Reply #293 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 11:47am »
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I recently received an offer from HR. They gave me a week to decide but I would start in June. If I say yes, but another offer comes before me that I would like to take, would I get in trouble for declining after verbally committing to them?  
 
I wish they gave me more time to think about taking the job  Sad
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« Reply #294 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 4:42pm »
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I hate to ramble on but here it goes.Smiley
 
I really like the idea of applying to work at the patent office.  I enjoy engineering but reviewing patents sounds like much more of a challenge than my current job.  It's to the point where I enjoy writing work instructions as much or more than crunching numbers for drawings.
 
The problem is I would go from owning a home to renting an apartment in northern VA/DC, AND paying anywhere from $300-500 MORE per month for rent than my current mortgage.  I found info that says I would need to earn 37% more in northern VA to maintain my current standard of living.
 
I called the patent office HR and was told they would match my current salary.  What I don't know is if they'll really promote me to the next GS level after six months, assuming I'm making the quota.  The info I read said something like, "examiners may receive a one time promotion after six months."
 
On top of that I'll make about $30k in overtime this year at my current job.  With that in mind, I believe you can understand why I'm still hesitant to apply to the USPTO.  Money isn't everything but the numbers aren't pretty.
 
Can someone really go up there and bust their butt to get promoted in a timely fashion?  It seems with all the hiring going on they could lose track of who you are, let alone remember to promote you within six months.
 
thanks in advance
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