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ThinkingabouttheUSPTO
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #515 on: Aug 15th, 2006, 5:18pm »
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When filling out the JARS application online it asks:
 
Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS - 05 grade level? Yes   No    
Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS - 07 grade level? Yes   No    
Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS - 09 grade level? Yes   No    
 
I have a bachelors in EE and 2+ years of experience as an engineer.  Should I check yes for GS5 and GS7, but no for GS9?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #516 on: Aug 17th, 2006, 5:44pm »
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on Aug 14th, 2006, 7:40pm, guest wrote:

 
 
OK, you say "some people" don't enjoy reading technical material and then go on to say that "a lot" of people do. Come on now, i think its the other way around!  

 
That's very true.  I typed the paragraph quick so I didn't exactly think that someone would interpret what I wrote so precisely.  Although, if someone interpreted what I wrote so literally and wanted to become a patent examiner purely because they read that a lot of OTHER people didn't mind reading technical material, I think they have bigger problems.
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Re: ****n Carlyle
« Reply #517 on: Aug 17th, 2006, 5:49pm »
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on Aug 14th, 2006, 7:09pm, guest wrote:

 
I do live there and have for some time. Don't be so defensive, it was a f-ing joke.
 
 
[quote author=guest link=board=patent_agents;num=1107208950;start=555#562 date=08/14/06 at 19:09:50]
 
Don't be so defensive, it was a f-ing joke.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #518 on: Aug 17th, 2006, 6:32pm »
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Just thought I'd try to comment on a few questions that I've seen posted here.  I've been at the PTO about 6 months and I really like the job  so far.  After finishing my PhD in chemistry last year I knew that lab work was not for me!  
 
When I started, the group of chemistry and biotech people who started with me were told that we were 100 people that were selected from 500 people that applied for the jobs in the 2006 fiscal year.   So I think the chem/bio jobs are fairly competitive compared to engineering, where they need more people and have MUCH lower retention rates.    
 
In the group of people that started with me there is quite a bit of diversity with regard to the backgrounds of people hired.  I would say the majority are science PhDs (some fresh out of school / post doc, some who have worked in industry for a few years, some who had been in industry for many, many years).  There were a few people with masters degrees + industry experience.  There was no one who had only a science BA, unless they also have a law degree.  There were quite a few people (about 25% of the group) that have law degrees.  Several in the group had worked as technical specialists / agents.  
 
Hope that helps someone!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #519 on: Aug 18th, 2006, 1:53pm »
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I have a Ms degree and GPA is 3.9.  I got the step 7/10 offer, but my friend who has Bs degree only got the same salary range.  I think it is kinda unfair! Does anybody know if I will get bigger promotion in the future or why they are treating me the same grade level as somebody who has bs degree only Huh Undecided
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