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Eric C. Jarsh
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #830 on: Jan 22nd, 2007, 6:32pm »
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thanks isaac, i find you to be extremely helpful as i've seen your responses in so many posts. so is there any reason that a lawyer would become an examiner? it sounds like the solicitor's office is competitive, so it's not like that's a guaranteed career track. and if they hire lawyers at the same level, then it seems as though a law degree and being a patent examiner don't go hand in hand.
 
is there a good long term track for lawyers at the USPTO that is a bit more dependable?  
 
basically, i would like to work there because of the hours/lifestyle compared to the law firms that i'm seeing. however, is that a good plan if all i'm ever going to be is just an examiner? thanks.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #831 on: Jan 22nd, 2007, 8:33pm »
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on Jan 22nd, 2007, 6:32pm, Eric C. Jarsh wrote:
thanks isaac, i find you to be extremely helpful as i've seen your responses in so many posts. so is there any reason that a lawyer would become an examiner?

 
At least some are using the PTO as a stepping stone for a career in the private sector.  
 
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it sounds like the solicitor's office is competitive, so it's not like that's a guaranteed career track. and if they hire lawyers at the same level, then it seems as though a law degree and being a patent examiner don't go hand in hand.

 
There are lots of jobs at the PTO for which legal training is an asset or a requirement.  
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #832 on: Jan 25th, 2007, 12:45am »
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Could someone from the January 22 class please summarize what the first few days are like.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #833 on: Jan 26th, 2007, 4:16pm »
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Quick questions for you guys -  
 
after all deductions are made from your paycheck, what percentage would I expect to take home?  65%? 70%? 75%?
 
Thanks for the info -
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #834 on: Jan 30th, 2007, 11:16am »
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I don't work at the USPTO yet, but I do work for the gov't as a civilian employee and would guess that the deductions are very similar if not exactly the same...I'm on the DC GS payscale.  It depends on how many exemptions you claim or are eligible for, how much you contribute towards your TSP (thrift savings plan which is the gov't 401k pretty much). When I used to claim 1 exemption, paid $33.28 for health insurance, after all deductions, and no contribution to TSP, my net pay would be about 65% of my gross salary.  So, I think 65% would be a good estimate.  I would also get money back at tax time.
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