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(Message started by: Mjjjjj on Dec 16th, 2007, 3:56am)

Title: Getting out of the PTO
Post by Mjjjjj on Dec 16th, 2007, 3:56am
The PTO has been pretty good to me but I'm thinking that I may want to leave soon. I've worked there two years and started straight out of college so I have not much real world experience other than PTO.

I have a computer engineering degree and can do EE and/or computer programming and am very flexible in learning new things.

Assuming I don't go down the law or agent path, what are my options for getting out of the patent office? Given my current salary, I'd want at least $80k + insurance/401k to move. Is this realistic? I'm in the DC area, where I'd like to stay for the foreseeable future.

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by BotchedExperiment on Dec 16th, 2007, 4:09pm
So, you're posting on an IP law forum to ask how much you'll make if you DON'T stay in IP law?

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by Mjjjjj on Dec 16th, 2007, 5:26pm
Yes.

This is not unlike the other questions where people are trying to decide between career X and patent law- I just have no career X.

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by guest47 on Dec 16th, 2007, 8:58pm
So work as an engineer?  That seems like the most logical choice.  Granted, your two years at the PTO probably won't be considered relevant work experience, and that $80k salary may be a longshot at entry-level, even in DC.

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by BSEE on Dec 21st, 2007, 9:04am
How much does an entry level examiner at the PTO make? You've worked there two years, straight out of UG, and have managed to make around 80k, or is the 80k significantly higher than what you made at the PTO?

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by Mjjjjj on Dec 23rd, 2007, 1:40am
This year, I stand to make (before taxes, etc) about 75k not including bonus, paid overtime, and tax-free $1200 transit subsidy. Other examiners luckier than me will also receive retention incentives.

I'd just like to know what else is out there.

Title: Re: Getting out of the PTO
Post by biopico on Dec 23rd, 2007, 10:08am
Based on UG and not much real experience, if you are not working for IP or related law, you are the same as a recent college graduate.

30K-100K.



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