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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #30 on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 9:59am »
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FYI, the USPTO just reinstated their law school reimbursement program, which they discontinued in 2000-2001.  They told me in the interview.
 
In anyone's experience, do they offer any sort of training as an agent, or is it primarily an every-man-for-himself environment?  Although I think I would be successful in either opportunity, I want to be able to serve my prospective employer as best as possible, which is to say that I don't want to waste the law firm's time by being a training burden, where I could conceivably gain that training as an examiner for a few years.
 
Although I am aware that and examiner and a practioner are distinctly different, I try to consider that I might be more valuable to a firm (and potential clients) by having been on the "other side" for a while.
 
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #31 on: Feb 3rd, 2005, 10:41am »
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You will probably get better traing and be the go-to-person at a firm with a few years at the pto under your belt. And while you are there you can laugh and curse at the ineptitude of the practitioners as is commonly done.  
 
Its up to you but the intangible benefits of having contacts and understanding the culture may outweigh the money for a few years.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #32 on: Feb 7th, 2005, 9:50am »
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What are the salaries for examiners at the USPTO.
 
ie, starting and after the 1 year training.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #33 on: Feb 7th, 2005, 10:24am »
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This link should give you some idea:  
 
http://www.usptocareers.gov/salaryrates.asp
 
Perusing the current openings at  
 
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/ohr/jobs/jobs.htm
 
indicates that the starting pay grade can be between grades 5 and 13 (about $35k up to $78k). I assume the 'steps' going across the table (left to right) governs the pay increases.
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« Reply #34 on: Feb 7th, 2005, 11:16am »
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You can also get overtime for anything over 40 hours a week as well as bonuses.
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