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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #650 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 8:53pm »
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i've just received an offer from the uspto to start next month.  I'm happy with everything, but am not terrifically wild about the art unit.  The technology center is appropriate... and I can certainly perform in the art center... but I would prefer a different specialization.  
 
How important is the art unit?  Does an examiner have to stay within his/her art unit for a specfied period... or is there some flexibilty?
 
Thanks.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #651 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 9:05pm »
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what i'm really asking is - should i hold out for the art unit i'm most interested in...  or is there flexibility?
 
i'm talking about two sub-fields i'm qualified for (i'm a chemical engineer who would rather work in bio-sensor technologies but has been offered a position in plastics manufacturing)
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #652 on: Oct 5th, 2006, 9:11pm »
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You'd better ask before you start, because you're going to have little or no flexability as a junior. I was offered some choice of different areas but i have degrees across a couple of fields and experience that fits as well and went into one of their exploding areas. Not sure about the chemical group and how many they hire from their applicants, but another offer might not be forthcoming if you turn this position down. Ask the hiring contact.
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #653 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 6:47am »
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Thanks very much for your frank answer.  What are the exploding areas?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #654 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 6:53am »
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Do you have flexibility down the road?  It would be fine for me if I could work for this art unit for 2-3 yrs then apply my skills somewhere else.  I have varying expertise (bs in physics, ms in biochemistry, phd in chem engin) and have the contextual expertise to do so.
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