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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #660 on: Oct 6th, 2006, 10:54am »
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I think its going to depend upon who you are talking to. I know some SPEs who doing hiring for certain areas, but i'm not sure how far their reach really is. You might be talking to someone who is hiring for a certain workgroup (a small set of art units in working on the same thing) then that person might not be able to do more than pass your resume on to other SPEs in their TC.  
 
Its almost like a bird-in-the-hand kind of thing. You don't want to say that you don't want to work in a certain art unit because it might be the only available spot for you. I would tend to think not, but i don't know. Sorry i can't be of more help.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #661 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 11:15am »
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thanks again - this advice is really helpful
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #662 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 11:18am »
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i'm starting at the uspto soon at $60k/yr.  I've been told by many that there is a chance I could make up to 6 figures after 3 yrs.  How realistic is that?  What does it depend on?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #663 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 5:48pm »
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How rare is it for an examiner to go to law school?
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« Reply #664 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 7:46pm »
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How rare is it for an examiner to go to law school?
 
 
I don't think it's really that rare.  I'm a law school grad and have recently started as an examiner at the PTO.  From what I've heard so far from the people I've talked to is that many examiners join the PTO specifically for them to pay for law school and then leave the PTO for the private sector after they are done.  The thing you have to remember is that you have to have been at the PTO for 2 full years (I think) before they will pay for you to go to law school.  You also will owe them a certain amount of time for every credit hour of law school that they pay for once you graduate.  Finally, it's not guaranteed that this program will be funded in the future, although for now it is.
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