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mikey
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #615 on: Sep 18th, 2006, 2:43pm »
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on Sep 18th, 2006, 8:28am, Alexander Knight wrote:
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.

 
Yes.
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examiner
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #616 on: Sep 18th, 2006, 8:20pm »
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on Sep 15th, 2006, 7:11am, guest wrote:

 
 
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.  

 
You can do that, but you won't be a SPE.  A SPE is a supervisor.  They don't examine.  They supervise.
 
Being a SPE is not about a pay increase.  It's about a different set of responsibilities.
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codario
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #617 on: Sep 19th, 2006, 8:10am »
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I was just told by HR that my JARS application was approved on Sept 1st... what's the next step after HR approval?   Will I be notified if I am not selected?  How long does this process take?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #618 on: Sep 19th, 2006, 11:52am »
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hi, usually it takes 1-2 months time to go thru the interview and acceptance process. There are many forms you have to fill before they let you know when u can start plus more forms the 1st day of orientation. Now, there is a class that started on sept 18, a new one starting on sept 25. But i guess if you haven't heard anything yet, then the next class is in november. I guess you should be getting a call for the phone interview soon. Usually HR takes quite a time to get back, usually a month after the application is approved. Overall its a 2 months process before everything is ok'd. Just email them if you don't hear before oct. 1. if you need any other help, lemme know.
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Marie U.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #619 on: Sep 20th, 2006, 2:06pm »
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For me the interview process was pretty easy. I have a BSEE, had experience in Telephony and therefore "breeze-ly" enter the PTO. I lasted two years...left in great standing; but the job burned me really bad. I ended up divorcing and all. It is a job that demands a lot from you. Every bi-week you have to turn in your counts. Every quarter above 95% of prod (actually, it should be more than a 100%) or you're in for a bad ride with management.
Ironically, I'm thinking about going back. There's the hoteling going on now and it looks tempting to go back to Examining Hell. Pay's good. Benefits too.
 
Two points before I believe:
1) An SPE can make you or break you in PTO.
2) If you're starting; don't get greedy and look for a higher GS. It means more production.
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