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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #985 on: May 31st, 2007, 10:12pm »
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With the above three post regarding the pros and cons related to patent examination at PTO, one would think that the "complainers" that eventually leave the PTO is comparing the stress encountered at PTO to other federal jobs. With that said, this is not the case. Many attorneys that work at the PTO with the speculation that it is easier and less stressful than working at a firm or a corporation continuously say that it is substantially more stressful at the PTO as an examiner.  
 
Why would one work at the PTO with the same amont of work as attorneys at a law firm and get paid less? PTO has been trying to create new incentives to keep examiners at PTO, such as IFP, hoteling, etc. There should be no reason for an organization to develope such incentives to keep their emplyees if the retention rate was low. In contrast, the retention is high, therefore management needs to develope incentives to keep their examiners and keep the same rate of examination of patent applications.  
 
I personally feel that management should instead change the production formula instead of creating incentives. The quality of Office Actions would be of a better quality and therefore, have less attorneys complain about the poor quality of Office Actions being sent out.  
 
Furthermore, the amount of work put into an application is substantially more than an examienr putting work into an Office Action. Examiners do not appreciate the true novelty and amount of work used to draft an application. Therefore, they see the application as just a burden and soemthing they need to get rid of.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #986 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 6:39am »
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I never understood why the PTO makes such a big deal about "hoteling" as a perk... when just about every other government agency offers telework.  Most do it for junior as well as senior people.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #987 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 3:10pm »
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Forgive my naieveness, what exactly is First Office Action, Office Action, RCE?
 
Can any current or past PTO PEs explain them to me ?
 
Thanks !
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #988 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 4:12pm »
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They're pretty simple terms
 
First office action: The initial response from a patent examiner to a complete patent submission. This is the initial review in which the examiner judges if there are any discrepancies, major or minor, and notifies the patentee(s).  
 
Office action: A response from a patent examiner, there is normally at least a first office action and a final action. There can be more depending on if new problems are identified in between the initial and final response. The final response is just that, final, it is a judgment on whether the patent in its current state is acceptable, an the patentee is more limited on how they can respond.
 
RCE: Request for Continued Examination: A patentee can request for a continuation for the examination of a patent, there are certain requirements, forms and fees that must be submitted/met in order to make such a request.
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #989 on: Jun 4th, 2007, 6:39pm »
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I have a nephew who is currently applying for USPTO job.  He received the result letter stating that he is tentatively qualified along with the request to fill out the questionair.  
 
What are next ??  how long ??
 
thanks.
 
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