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kajrare
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Question for USPTO people
« on: Nov 18th, 2005, 2:15pm »
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I have a BSEE and have been working in sales & marketing for four years. I am thinking of working at the USPTO to see if I can work as a patent examiner, and may pursue law school after that.
 
On the application to work as an examiner, it asks how many years of relevant experience I have. If I have not done any really technical work, would I put 0??
 
I did have technical internships during UG, but I found it boring and like the business side in sales/marketing.
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Isaac
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Re: Question for USPTO people
« Reply #1 on: Nov 18th, 2005, 7:13pm »
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Sounds like you have 0 years of relevant experience.  The USPTO does hire people right out of college so your lack of experience is not disqualifying.
 
I am puzzled that someone who prefers the business and marketing aspects and found his technical internships boring would expect to find being a patent examiner enjoyable.
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Re: Question for USPTO people
« Reply #2 on: Nov 21st, 2005, 7:01am »
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Thanks for your response Isaac. I would be interested in being a patent examiner as a way towards law school, so even though it may be similar work, it would be in the direction I want to go. Thanks.
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Re: Question for USPTO people
« Reply #3 on: Nov 21st, 2005, 8:44am »
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I've never worked as a patent examiner, and only you can determine whether you want to.  However, I would point out that you can go to law school without being one.  Speaking personally, if I had to be a patent examiner in order to have gone to law school, I wouldn't have gone.  Your mileage may vary.
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