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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:08 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I just got an email as well. Does anyone know how promotions work with this position? Most attorney positions with the Fed top out at gs-14, but the posting only lists promotional potential as GS-11.


You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:12 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:The "Referred but not selected" emails were regarding the previous job posting that had interviews in September. The October one has not been referred yet as they are not referred until after the essay/writing sample is requested which will probably will be in next week or two.

The writing samples have already been requested and the date by which they were to be submitted has passed.

:(

My dreams are crushed.

Don't give up. I won't. :D


Seems like this was not the case since I got my request for writing sample last night. Must have been another posting you were looking at or just trolling.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:22 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The "Referred but not selected" emails were regarding the previous job posting that had interviews in September. The October one has not been referred yet as they are not referred until after the essay/writing sample is requested which will probably will be in next week or two.

The writing samples have already been requested and the date by which they were to be submitted has passed.

:(

My dreams are crushed.

Don't give up. I won't. :D


Seems like this was not the case since I got my request for writing sample last night. Must have been another posting you were looking at or just trolling.

Well, at least my dreams are crushed :(

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:53 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:I just got an email as well. Does anyone know how promotions work with this position? Most attorney positions with the Fed top out at gs-14, but the posting only lists promotional potential as GS-11.


You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


So it tops out at gs-12?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The "Referred but not selected" emails were regarding the previous job posting that had interviews in September. The October one has not been referred yet as they are not referred until after the essay/writing sample is requested which will probably will be in next week or two.

The writing samples have already been requested and the date by which they were to be submitted has passed.

:(

My dreams are crushed.

Don't give up. I won't. :D


Seems like this was not the case since I got my request for writing sample last night. Must have been another posting you were looking at or just trolling.

Wasn't trolling at all. I was thinking of another posting. Anyway, congratulations!!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:06 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I just got an email as well. Does anyone know how promotions work with this position? Most attorney positions with the Fed top out at gs-14, but the posting only lists promotional potential as GS-11.


You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


So it tops out at gs-12?


No, so you are at GS-12 for the second year and then you have the option to apply for GS-13 designation, its weird because its a separate internal application process and it seems like that is a way for them to see if you are performing at a high enough level to warrant the higher pay scale. If so then you can move to GS 13 and move up from there. I am not too clear on the rest but that is my understanding from the interview I had. I think you cap at GS 14 unless you go into management then you can move up to GS-15.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I just got an email as well. Does anyone know how promotions work with this position? Most attorney positions with the Fed top out at gs-14, but the posting only lists promotional potential as GS-11.


You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


So it tops out at gs-12?


No, so you are at GS-12 for the second year and then you have the option to apply for GS-13 designation, its weird because its a separate internal application process and it seems like that is a way for them to see if you are performing at a high enough level to warrant the higher pay scale. If so then you can move to GS 13 and move up from there. I am not too clear on the rest but that is my understanding from the interview I had. I think you cap at GS 14 unless you go into management then you can move up to GS-15.


Thanks for the explanation.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:The "Referred but not selected" emails were regarding the previous job posting that had interviews in September. The October one has not been referred yet as they are not referred until after the essay/writing sample is requested which will probably will be in next week or two.

The writing samples have already been requested and the date by which they were to be submitted has passed.

:(

My dreams are crushed.

Don't give up. I won't. :D


Seems like this was not the case since I got my request for writing sample last night. Must have been another posting you were looking at or just trolling.

Well, at least my dreams are crushed :(
Keep trying. I think that's what we all are doing.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:06 am

Anonymous User wrote:You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


This is what I remember from my interview:
Year 1, GS-11, fixed salary for the year, no overtime. Year 2, automatic bump to GS-12 salary for the year plus option to do overtime and possibility for quarterly bonus. Year 3,automatic bump to GS-13 and then you start moving up by increments. Jump to GS-15 when ready to move to management.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:27 am

People who interviewed in the last round, what's your approach to rewriting the KSA?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:25 am

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Anonymous User wrote:You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


This is what I remember from my interview:
Year 1, GS-11, fixed salary for the year, no overtime. Year 2, automatic bump to GS-12 salary for the year plus option to do overtime and possibility for quarterly bonus. Year 3,automatic bump to GS-13 and then you start moving up by increments. Jump to GS-15 when ready to move to management.


Do you know how telework works with this position? The posting says gs-11 is not elligible, but my understanding is that some USPTO attorneys are able to telework 5 days per week.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:36 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:You are only GS 11 for the first year. Then you move up to GS12 and then start going up on a step basis. They explain all of this in the first interview.


This is what I remember from my interview:
Year 1, GS-11, fixed salary for the year, no overtime. Year 2, automatic bump to GS-12 salary for the year plus option to do overtime and possibility for quarterly bonus. Year 3,automatic bump to GS-13 and then you start moving up by increments. Jump to GS-15 when ready to move to management.


Do you know how telework works with this position? The posting says gs-11 is not elligible, but my understanding is that some USPTO attorneys are able to telework 5 days per week.

I think that employees become telework eligible after 2 years.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:43 am

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This is what I remember from my interview:
Year 1, GS-11, fixed salary for the year, no overtime. Year 2, automatic bump to GS-12 salary for the year plus option to do overtime and possibility for quarterly bonus. Year 3,automatic bump to GS-13 and then you start moving up by increments. Jump to GS-15 when ready to move to management.


What if you are a current government employee at either grade 12 or 13? Can you come in at your current grade?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:25 am

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Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:

This is what I remember from my interview:
Year 1, GS-11, fixed salary for the year, no overtime. Year 2, automatic bump to GS-12 salary for the year plus option to do overtime and possibility for quarterly bonus. Year 3,automatic bump to GS-13 and then you start moving up by increments. Jump to GS-15 when ready to move to management.


What if you are a current government employee at either grade 12 or 13? Can you come in at your current grade?


(Anon asking about telework here) I'm a current GS-12 at a different agency. Your question is one for HR and will be based on your resume. My understanding is that unless you have relevant experience related to the specific duties of this job you'll have a hard time convincing HR that you should come in at a higher grade than 11. However, I believe you should be able to come in at a higher step than 1 or 2 at gs-11. Also your accrued vacation and tsp should carry over.

The job posting says "Applicants hired under this vacancy announcement (except in particular circumstances concerning current and former Federal Government employees) will have their grade and pay set at the GS-0905-11 Step 1 grade level at ($63,772) per annum."

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:44 am

From what I recall, you can petition for telework at the two year mark. It didn't sound like it was automatically granted.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:58 am

Anyone who submitted a writing sample hear anything?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:29 pm

Nope. Haven't heard anything yet.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:40 pm

It took about 2-weeks in the last round

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:44 pm

Just got my interview date. Interviews will be Dec 1 - Jan 15.

Says to expect to be at the USPTO for 3 hours which tells me they might be doing just the one round of interviews with two sets of seniors/ managers this time around. Also they also didn't offer to do it by phone/ video chat which they usually do for the first round.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:56 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Just got my interview date. Interviews will be Dec 1 - Jan 15.

Says to expect to be at the USPTO for 3 hours which tells me they might be doing just the one round of interviews with two sets of seniors/ managers this time around. Also they also didn't offer to do it by phone/ video chat which they usually do for the first round.


Congrats!

Do you remember what day you sent in your writing sample? Just wondering if they are going through the samples in the order in which received.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:57 pm

Stats?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:33 pm

I received my request for writing sample on 11/15 and I sent it in on 11/16. Got my interview date today for mid December.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:06 pm

I also received a request for written statement on 11/15. I sent it back on 11/19. The deadline was midnight on 11/20.

I haven't heard anything regarding an interview or rejection yet. I honestly didn't expect to hear anything until next week because of the holiday.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:16 pm

For the folks who got an interview , were you notified over email? Phone?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:29 pm

Interview notification comes via email.




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