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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #645 on: Oct 3rd, 2006, 1:38pm »
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If you're contacted by an art unit you're not wild about (but that's in a technology center you'd like to work for) do you have any options?  Are you hired to work in a specific art unit, or can you move around?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #646 on: Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:06pm »
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I'm flying out to Alexandria this week to interview for TC 1610/1620.  Any advice for the interview would be extremely helpful.  I'm actually a little confused because it seems most people just get hired over the phone.  I will really hate it if I fly out there for an hour long interview and then not get an offer.   Sad
 
Also, regarding salary, you say a Ph.D. usually comes in at GS-9, but there's a lot of variation, with all the steps and whatnot.  Do they automatically start you at step 1?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #647 on: Oct 4th, 2006, 6:06pm »
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If you have a PhD, you will start at GS-11 step 1 (around $60K).  UNLESS you are leaving a job that pays more than that, or if you have another job offer for a higher amount, then they will match it up to a maximum starting salary of about $75K.  
 
A post-doc will not increase your starting offer.
 
Good luck!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #648 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 1:54am »
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How hard is it as a new examiner to make your production quota if you are starting out as a GS-9?
 
Is there any difference in production quotas between different steps at the same grade level, e.g. will a GS-9/3 have the same production quota as a GS-9/7?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #649 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 9:39am »
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do most examiners spend their entire careers w/in the USPTO?  If they leave, where do they usually go?  What's the fraction that obtains a law degree?
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