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nightyme
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #815 on: Dec 21st, 2006, 8:59pm »
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Let me ask you, how long did you work as an examiner at the PTO after law school?  I've heard its good just to work a year or two?  Also heard 1 year is max.
 
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marnie1234
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #816 on: Dec 26th, 2006, 4:32pm »
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Before I started at the PTO, I asked patent attorney friends how long i should stay there.  THe universal opinion is that experience there up to 2 yrs is terrific, but after that it's not as useful.
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stuffball
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #817 on: Dec 26th, 2006, 4:35pm »
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There are some pretty cool jobs available for attorneys at the PTO.  For example... and I don't know the details... you can join a unit that does int'l treaty negotiation.  If you're interested in policy that might be cool.  Of course, it's a pay-cut when compared to firm work... but it's probably a lot more interesting and the hours aren't as crazy.
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liv'nitup
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #818 on: Jan 1st, 2007, 3:51pm »
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will having passed the patent bar exam move you up in gs level prior to promotion and/or prior to start of training? I'm starting as gs5-10 without sufficient (only 5 months) work experience.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #819 on: Jan 2nd, 2007, 6:02am »
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It might help you get the job but I don't believe they can start you at a higher GS level if you've passed the exam.  Get used to dealing with cumbersome federal regulations..
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