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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #610 on: Sep 15th, 2006, 7:11am »
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on Sep 13th, 2006, 9:33pm, examiner wrote:

 
It depends on the art unit.  
 
For my art unit, they can't even get anyone that wants the position.  They need to ship in other people from other units, or double up SPEs to multiple art units.  The turnover is so great that there is only a couple of people that are high enough to be one.
 
There are some art units with a well established SPE.  In that case, you may never get to be a SPE.
 
As far as I know, you only need to be a GS-14, so however long that would take you is the fastest you can do it.

 
 
Which art units have trouble getting people in?  Can't I just become an expert in the field of the Art unit I'm in and become a GS-15?  I have already started studying for various certifications.  
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #611 on: Sep 15th, 2006, 8:26am »
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how long do you have to work for the uspto as an examiner before they're willing to pay for law school?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #612 on: Sep 15th, 2006, 8:34am »
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on Sep 15th, 2006, 8:26am, chip wrote:
how long do you have to work for the uspto as an examiner before they're willing to pay for law school?

You have to work there for two years before going to law school.  That is also the new probationary period.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #613 on: Sep 15th, 2006, 8:49am »
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is it difficult to get the uspto to pay for law school?  what fraction of examiners end up doing that?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #614 on: Sep 18th, 2006, 8:28am »
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Just out of curiosity, is the written examination for advancement to GS-13 waived if you were previously registered as an agent/attorney?
 
Thank you for your time.
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