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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #895 on: Mar 20th, 2007, 3:58pm »
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And a question: how long are wait lists for decent studio/single-occupancy apartments in the Alexandria region? On a related note, is it wise to try to get a short lease at the first place that's livable and try to work your way into a better apartment later or just do all the legwork/waiting up front?
 
Apologies if those are stupid questions. Although I spent some time as a kid in Chicago, I've only experienced renting and single-living in small cities (30,000-100,000 pop.).
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #896 on: Mar 20th, 2007, 5:43pm »
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I don't really think there's a shortage of apartments. The crappy high rises all have move-in special signs out. Here's how I approached moving here:
1) Researched prices/locations with
a) craigslist
b) realtor.com (rent condos)
c) apartmentshowcase.com/apartmentratings.com (apartment complexes)
2) Arrived on Thursday night
3) Arranged to see a condo I saw on realtor.com Friday. Filed application
4) Signed lease on Wednesday.
 
Driving to work isn't a problem if you have a car. There is plenty of bus coverage if you don't.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #897 on: Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:56am »
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What are the best/hottest Art Units or Technology Centers to be working as an examiner at the USPTO currently?  (based on: interesting art area, lots of patent applications coming in, good SPE, etc)
 
Interested in what everyone thinks overall and what art units people would recommend applicants apply for...I appreciate any input/insight.  
 
My educational background is BS Biomedical Engineering (concentration mechanical engineering, premed) from Johns Hopkins, and Master in Mechanical Engineering (concentration in robotics/controls) from JHU too.  Have about 4 years of experience working as an engineer for the DOD mainly with biological agent detection systems...
 
Thanks!
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #898 on: Mar 24th, 2007, 10:08am »
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I guess the ones that seem the most interesting to me are the Medical Instruments, Diagnostic Equipment, Treatment Devices, Surgery & Surgical Supplies in 3730:
http://www.uspto.gov/web/info/3700.htm#3730
 
Here are all the Technology Centers:
http://www.uspto.gov/web/info/pat-tech.htm
 
But I'm wondering if some current or ex-examiners can comment on some of their experiences based on the art unit they have worked in, or are working in. (level of difficulty based on the amount of time you're given per case, if it's interesting (subjective), what you think the attrition/retention rate in your group is perhaps based on the amount of primary/junior examiners, etc)
 
Appreciate your help.  Feel free to PM me too...
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« Reply #899 on: Mar 26th, 2007, 11:40am »
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I have been reading this forum for the past couple weeks, and it has been really helpful for getting inside information about working at the PTO.  I spoke with an SPE at a career fair at my university and then had an on-campus interview with them.  They told me that they were highly recommending me for hire.  I put in my application on USA Jobs that day.  That was just about a month ago.  I just received an email that says that I am "tentatively qualified" for hire and that I need to fill out a Candidate Questionaire.
 
Does anyone know what step this in the process?  How much longer until I can expect to get an official offer?
 
Also, I have been looking around for apartments in the area, and they are all really expensive.  I was wondering if anyone here could give some advice/opinions on apartments.  I am looking for a 1 bed 1 bath easily accessible to the Metro.
 
Thanks for any help anyone can give!
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