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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #675 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:41pm »
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I'm very interested in IP and ultimately in becoming a patent attorney.  I was thinking (unoriginally) that the USPTO was a great way to earn valuable experience, a competitive salary and law school tuition reimbursement all at the same time.  If that's true it's great.  What I'm hearing here is that it's not as good as it seems.  Is that right?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #676 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:41pm »
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on Oct 10th, 2006, 10:35pm, stuff wrote:
is it your opinion that there's a reasonable chance they'd do away with the tuition reimbursement program again?  is this a total crap shoot (tuition reimbursement) or is it somewhat reliable?

 
Just be aware that its in no way guaranteed. They will tell you all kinds of things, but take it with a grain os salt. Also, it doesn't mean a free ride. You have to pay taxes on the money you get for law school, so figure on paying 30% of your tuition (my estimate, but you get the idea).
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #677 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:44pm »
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on Oct 10th, 2006, 10:41pm, salary wrote:
I'm very interested in IP and ultimately in becoming a patent attorney.  I was thinking (unoriginally) that the USPTO was a great way to earn valuable experience, a competitive salary and law school tuition reimbursement all at the same time.  If that's true it's great.  What I'm hearing here is that it's not as good as it seems.  Is that right?

 
You'll have to make up your own mind on that. I'm just trying to give you the most honest answers i can to your questions. I wish you luck.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #678 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:46pm »
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Okay, fair enough.  What does the 6 month accelerated promotion thing really mean?   Is that about stepping up a GS level?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #679 on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:51pm »
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Yes, the accelerated promotion will step you up a gs level minus a few steps. Its the way promotions work at first - it was detailed earlier in this forum.  
 
You might not be looking forward to the added production that results though ... i don't think i took it until 10-11 months. The production can become insane at higher levels. Promotions are a blessing and a curse ... Wink
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