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Any EEs or CompEs unemployed or looking for work? Read on.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by LDfan, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. LDfan

    LDfan Supporting Actor

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    Hi Folks,
    The Patent and Trademark office here in Northern Va is trying to fill approx 500 Patent Examiner positions. The pay is kick-ass and so are the benefits. No I don't work for them but I'm trying to! Several of my friends work there and love it.
    If anyone is interested just email me and I can tell you more about these positions.
    Just trying to help some fellow HTF members out.
    Jeff
     
  2. Dennis Nicholls

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    The PTO is ALWAYS looking for examiners. It's hard to attract good talent in an up market but now they may have a better chance.
    It's a civil-service job so the pay may be less than a job in commercial companies. BUT...
    They will pay to have you get a JD in their program with George Washington University's law school. They even teach some classes at the PTO so you don't have to drive over there.
    Once you have worked there 4 or 5 years, they WAIVE the requirement to take the "patent bar exam" to become a patent attorney. Since this is the toughest exam around (about a 30% pass rate - ask me how I know) this is another great deal.
    So after 5 years you become a patent attorney on their dime. This is a hell of a deal. Patent attorneys are, on average, the HIGHEST paid of all attorneys. And the demand for your services is recession-proof. Again, I should know. I got a job as corporate counsel this fall in a down market.
     
  3. LDfan

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    The pay rate seems to be excellent. Someone starting fresh out of school with a lower GPA will start at approx 39k then bumped to 45k in 6 months. Then every year thereafter up and up and up.
    My friend has been there for almost 4 years. He started at around 30k and makes 59k right now, 69k in January.
    They say after 4-5 years you make approx 80k.
    Plus they pay 100% for any graduate schooling or law school. My friend is getting a free ride through Catholic university in DC courtesy of PTO.
    Man, I wish I had an engineering degree instead of a biology degree. It's a lot harder to get in there.
    Jeff
     

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