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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:33 pm

Not sure how many applicants are actually posting here; it could just be the same three or so over and over. But I would be interested to know if most people who applied for the position already live near the USPTO or planned to move. I did not know if their hires are more regional or national.

Since I'm asking-- I'll start. Mine was a national application. I applied from Texas.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby shikorina » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:34 pm

Starting this thread back up since the most recent announcement just closed. Anyone have any inside info on the positions?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:21 pm

Yeah. I'm especially curious about those who got interviews and whether an inside connection was necessary or if people got interviews blindly from applying.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby sparty99 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Yeah. I'm especially curious about those who got interviews and whether an inside connection was necessary or if people got interviews blindly from applying.


We all know these government positions are bs....USAjobs sucks.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:51 pm

sparty99 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Yeah. I'm especially curious about those who got interviews and whether an inside connection was necessary or if people got interviews blindly from applying.


We all know these government positions are bs....USAjobs sucks.


Right. The reason I asked was because I noticed someone I went to school with advertising the job listing to Facebook friends and saying they can write recommendations. (This person works as an examining attorney now.)

But nobody in the previous postings mentioned any inside connections, so I just wanted to get a feel for who got offers without a connection. I have to imagine that they rank the applicants and that actual trademark experience has to count for something. No?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:03 pm

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:08 am

I applied last year from outside the DC area without Trademark experience, a USPTO internship, or a connection here. I got offered a position, which I accepted, and am now an examining attorney. Keep the faith . . . while your FB friends may have said "I can recommend you if you apply" I can assure you that recommendation means little to nothing. Examining attorneys are kept out of the loop entirely about the hiring process.

Best of luck to you all. Also, if you have any questions about the hiring process or the job itself. Feel free to post them here. I'll be happy to help.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Dec 03, 2014 4:18 pm

Thanks for the information. Two questions:

1. What was the wait time between applying and hearing back about a referral? And between then and an interview?

2. What was your prior work experience before applying?

Thanks!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:52 am

1. A great timeline of hiring is laid out here. http://www.glassdoor.com/GD/Interview/U ... Trademarks

2. Graduated in 2013 from lower tier 1 law school as part time student. Top third. Clerkship with Federal district court. Second career.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:31 pm

Were the interviews as intense (I know it said cordial but...) as what the glassdoor review makes them out to be? 3 different panels of interviews huh...what kinds of questions would you say they asked and what do you think they were looking for?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:30 pm

Has anyone heard back about the application apart from being received?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:03 am

I applied right when the posting opened, and haven't heard anything other than the obvious "received" status update. Starting to feel anxious!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:35 pm

Don't. I'm in the same boat. And I applied a couple years ago with considerably less experience, and it took them even longer to write back with the initial referral.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:00 pm

Thanks for sharing! I'll post if there's progress on my end.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:13 pm

Had no idea this kind of position existed. Is this a gig you can get right out of law school or do you have to go to a firm first?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:54 pm

I wonder what effect, if any, the OIG report and replacement of Commissioner Cohn will have on the hiring practices this year:

http://www.law360.com/articles/575037/e ... -to-retire

Anyone have news?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Were the interviews as intense (I know it said cordial but...) as what the glassdoor review makes them out to be? 3 different panels of interviews huh...what kinds of questions would you say they asked and what do you think they were looking for?



The interviews were not too bad. Yes there are many people present, but they are not trying to intimidate or anything of the sort. They are seeking mature enthusiastic self motivated attorneys who will hit the ground running.

Also, each managing attorney and senior attorney makes the hiring decisions for their office. So that means you have 30 people with their own ideas of what makes up a good examining attorney. There's no one thing that everyone is looking for…

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:22 pm

Today I received a referral with instructions to answer a few questions. Just want to keep everyone in the loop.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:40 pm

I got the same email too. Although I'm not sure how to answer their 'questions'...

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:07 pm

Same...sure seems like a lot of people are getting referred.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:27 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Same...sure seems like a lot of people are getting referred.


I heard from someone connected to the process that this was not an insignificant cut. I know the number of applicants went up from last year's 700, and I doubt they'd want to read through even 500 written responses. Not too excited about waiting a few more weeks to hear anything. Ah federal government :roll:

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:10 pm

Wow. Really? I heard through someone that they deliberately narrowed the application window in order to reduce the number of applicants. I'm really surprised that that number has gone up with half the time to apply. Any clue how many were actually referred this time around?




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