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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #640 on: Oct 2nd, 2006, 11:50am »
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Also:  do you get your full starting salary even during the 8-month training period?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #641 on: Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:19pm »
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Hi, with a PHD, u can expect to start around GS9 level, maybe GS 11 level as well, depends on HR and ur experience...although usually they bring on GS11 only when people have law degrees. Also, GS11 is not recommended for someone new, because that means you have higher production goal to meet which can be really stressful for a new examiner.  
 
For the 8 month training, yes, you do get paid full time and the 1st 2 months are real easy going. then you start just a little bit to start working on applications, just to get your feet wet kinda! lemme know if you have any more questions.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #642 on: Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:21pm »
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Also, here is a link for different GS levels on USPTO website.
http://usptocareers.gov/salaryrates.asp
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #643 on: Oct 2nd, 2006, 2:32pm »
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thanks for the info!  what's the typical promotion rate?  is it unusual to get promoted a full grade in a year? how often does a well-performing examiner get promoted?  I ask because they say the promotion rate is faster than it is for other govt agencies, but i'm wondering how much faster.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #644 on: Oct 3rd, 2006, 1:21pm »
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how much freedom do you have to change art units once you're hired?
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