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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone want to volunteer to call Melissa McGrath or Anastasia Johnson? It might be more productive to talk to them rather than to pester senior/managing attorneys


I'll be honest, I'm unfamiliar with Melissa and Anastasia off the top of my head. My only two points of contact through this whole thing have been Ms. Sheryl White-Riley in HR and the manager that called me on 12/14. Even with the latter, we didn't really leave open any ongoing dialogues to prod at.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:53 pm

Melissa and Anastasia were the two numbers listed on my interview email. I managed to contact Melissa a few weeks ago, and posted here about it.

I was unable to call them today at work, but I did email the senior attorney that I've been in contact with. I've gotten a response within the hour every other time I've reached out to him. It's going on three hours now...

I'll update when I hear from him

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:10 am

Just perused the forum for timing trends with a previous May class. The last May class was 2016. Invites for interviews were sent out early December, May people's references were contacted in late January, and May people received offers in early March :shock: . Not that March will be the same for us, but oy. In a glass-half-full way, the 2016 May class waited a little over a month between references and offers. Granted, we're a little bit passed that already, but maybe it's closer than we think.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:56 am

Anonymous User wrote:Just perused the forum for timing trends with a previous May class. The last May class was 2016. Invites for interviews were sent out early December, May people's references were contacted in late January, and May people received offers in early March :shock: . Not that March will be the same for us, but oy. In a glass-half-full way, the 2016 May class waited a little over a month between references and offers. Granted, we're a little bit passed that already, but maybe it's closer than we think.


I am dyyyyyyyying. People keep asking me what the deal is and why I haven't heard yet. I don't know what to say!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:04 pm

Thanks for looking back at previous years. That news is...disheartening? Like you said though, if the time between events remains the same we should be hearing soon, in theory...

I still haven't heard back from the senior attorney.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:52 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for looking back at previous years. That news is...disheartening? Like you said though, if the time between events remains the same we should be hearing soon, in theory...

I still haven't heard back from the senior attorney.


Optimist: He hasn't gotten back to you because he's actually following up with HR to get the ball rolling out of his own frustration. Realist: He's just out of the office like everyone else every other day.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:01 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for looking back at previous years. That news is...disheartening? Like you said though, if the time between events remains the same we should be hearing soon, in theory...

I still haven't heard back from the senior attorney.


Optimist: He hasn't gotten back to you because he's actually following up with HR to get the ball rolling out of his own frustration. Realist: He's just out of the office like everyone else every other day.



:cry: :cry: :cry:

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:17 pm

Below is the response I just received.

Thanks for checking back and updating me. I appreciate your patience; I’ve been asking for an update and unfortunately don’t have anything new to report yet. I completely understand your desire for more information and as soon as I hear back, I will let you know. However, I can say that you should not take the delay as a negative sign; the process is still ongoing. I hope to have more info for you very soon.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:15 pm

Really appreciate everyone’s updates; they’ve kept me (relatively) sane these past few weeks.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:34 pm

March class here. I received an an automated e-QIP Registration Code and the email says I need to wait for the sponsoring agency to contact me about it. I believe this is for the security/background check. This was on Monday and I haven’t received any email from HR about this. Anyone going through the same thing?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:41 pm

Anyone from March class received a e-QIP code for background check and no follow up email?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:18 am

I don't at all mean to detract from the questions for March people, but for us 12/14s, this is certainly not a good sign that we'll hear something this week if March's formalities are in a standstill.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:45 am

Agreed. Combined with the vague answer the senior attorney gave me yesterday and the 2016 snooping the other poster did, I'm not feeling optimistic.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:56 am

12/14 here. I interviewed back in November, and now it's February, so we're going into the third month from the interview without receiving the offer. I understand more examiners were hired during this process than most, and that HR's resources at the PTO are less than those at a private company, but now it's becoming inconsiderate to keep people waiting this long after an interview. We need to be able to begin moving on and not be stuck in this limbo.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:51 am

March class here - got a firm offer two weeks ago. I have not received an e-Qip code or heard anything from HR about background checks. Has everyone else in the March class received an e-Qip code?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:51 am

Not to mention we're a week away from another shutdown. How soon until we should be calling HR and demanding answers?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Anyone from March class received a e-QIP code for background check and no follow up email?

March class here - got a firm offer two weeks ago. I have not received an e-Qip code or heard anything from HR about background checks. Has everyone else in the March class received an e-Qip code?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:00 pm

New email from senior attorney:

The most recent information I have is that contact from HR is imminent. I will continue to update you as I hear more.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:04 pm

March folks: can you shed any light on what the process is like once you hear from HR?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:New email from senior attorney:

The most recent information I have is that contact from HR is imminent. I will continue to update you as I hear more.


What a tease.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:16 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:New email from senior attorney:

The most recent information I have is that contact from HR is imminent. I will continue to update you as I hear more.


What a tease.



Yes, but also completely unprompted, which I'm taking as a good sign. I'd also like to know about what to expect after we hear from HR so I can set the wheels in motion at my current job. Are you all planning on waiting for final offers before taking that step?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:28 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:New email from senior attorney:

The most recent information I have is that contact from HR is imminent. I will continue to update you as I hear more.


What a tease.



Yes, but also completely unprompted, which I'm taking as a good sign. I'd also like to know about what to expect after we hear from HR so I can set the wheels in motion at my current job. Are you all planning on waiting for final offers before taking that step?


Oh completely agree, I bet he has no idea how many other people also appreciate it. I'm waiting on final offer in hand and signed before I start making arrangements. We have all of the formalities to go through still after that, but I'm not anticipating there being any problems.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:36 pm

One of the 12/14's that's been posting all day, every day here. I just got my call! It's happening!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:32 pm

I heard back too! Such a relief. Did you get the email for security clearance yet. I haven't yet. This feels so sureal.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:41 pm

Congrats 12/14s! I'm another 12/14 but didn't hear anything today, so hopefully tomorrow.




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