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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #60 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 10:50am »
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Nobody really answered the original questions (what is the job like and how hard is it to get hired?) in much detail.
 
I think it would be useful if someone who was hired as a patent examiner would walk through their interview process timeline and/or a typical day in the life of an examiner.
 
Even better would be if a hiring manager would go through the process of choosing an applicant, and also say what kind of education and experience the applicants that get hired usually have, and maybe some helpful advice for those looking to get a job as an examiner.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #61 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 2:26pm »
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melwrc,  
 
Well with graduation approaching...my options seem to be dwindling and the likelihood of getting a job in a firm seems slim...
 
I wonder if the responsibilities for an examiner with a jd is different than that of one with a technical background...also being from the midwest it seems that maybe my law degree wont carry as far east as someone in school in the DC area...
 
Does your firm get a lot of mechanical patent work? or do know of the firms that do a lot of mechanical work? where are they? Im still hopeful, but the examiner job doesnt seem like it would be a bad alternative...good hours...less stress....good training... did u feel u got good training from your law firm? ( i have never heard of being hired as a patent agent without being licensed first)... thanks for any additional info and good luck in law school
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #62 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 3:28pm »
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jdhawk, send an email over to the address for my acct.  we can talk further.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #63 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 7:32pm »
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The interview I had with the PTO for an examiner's position was really easy.  Basically, the guy was like, here's what you can expect from the job, is this something you think you would be interested in doing?  From talking to other people who were hired in the same group as me, their first interview went pretty much the same way for them also.  Oh, they'll also ask what sort of experience you've had artwise and what sort of interests you have, i.e. what would you like to examine if you were to be hired.  
 
I can't post my whole message since it's too long, so I'll have to break it up.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #64 on: Apr 15th, 2005, 7:33pm »
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The second interview was with the person who was actually interested in hiring you into their group, your future SPE.  That interview was more along the lines of your SPE feeling you out to see how much you know about the area of the art you're wanting to get hired into.  They'll let you know a bit more what to expect from the job.  Overall, both interviews should be the easiest you've ever had unless you've never interviewed before.  They really need people, so unless you come off like a total idiot or give the impression you won't last long, you should have no problem getting hired.  You'll also get the talk about pay, promotions, ect. from either one or both the people you interview with.
 
If you manage it get an interview, don't sweat it, the hard part is over.  Usually if you go to one of the job fairs they have, you have a better chance of getting hired than if you just submit your resume randomly.
 
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