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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:44 pm

Today I received an invitation for first round interview. Anyone else?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:51 pm

Anonymous User wrote: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?


The numbers are crazy, but this is a really popular position that only opens up once a year if at all. Also, I got a few notifications about the opening from at least one big listserv I'm on, so I'm sure that increased the numbers. I think it even showed up on LinkedIn. Haven't been able to find out how many made the first cut, but I seem to remember reading somewhere (edit; ha, in this thread) that 300 got offers for a first interview and 100 got offers for the second.

On a positive note, received an email offering me an interview today!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:08 pm

Congrats. I didn't get an email. But in case I apply in the future, I'm curious what your backgrounds are. What are you guys doing now?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:49 am

Damn...I worked hard on that written statement too...oh well.

Those who received first round interviews - are any of you guys Class of 2014?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:53 am

Congrats to those who got interviews! It's too bad that I found this thread and couldn't live in blissful ignorance until after the holidays, sigh. :lol:

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:57 am

Are we certain that all interview offers have been extended already?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:01 pm

Are we certain that all interview offers have been extended already?


That's a good question. I wonder, too. Considering how long it took them to request the written summaries, the turnaround for interviews was extremely fast (4 days, including a weekend?).

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:17 pm

I would imagine that certain candidates would be interviewed sooner than others, based on criteria such as distance, qualifications, and anything else a selecting official has in mind. Any input from past or present candidates would be appreciated.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:49 pm

It looks like last year, some people heard about their first interviews as late as the day after Christmas. Not that it means anything for this year but yea.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:It looks like last year, some people heard about their first interviews as late as the day after Christmas. Not that it means anything for this year but yea.


True. But that doesn't tell us whether the interview emails were staggered or not, unfortunately. I guess the only folks who know for sure either work at the USPTO or were applicants in prior years who received emails on different days.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 5:47 pm

Well, to allay some concerns, I was just emailed an interview request about 15 minutes ago. So it looks like they are coming in staggered. Best of luck, all.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:58 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Well, to allay some concerns, I was just emailed an interview request about 15 minutes ago. So it looks like they are coming in staggered. Best of luck, all.


Also received one today.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:08 pm

Just out of curiosity, did you guys submit your written statements earlier or later in the week span they gave us?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:22 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Just out of curiosity, did you guys submit your written statements earlier or later in the week span they gave us?


I submitted mine on December 15th and received an email today.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:51 pm

I also received an interview. Submitted my essay on the 14th and received an interview email on the 22nd. For those asking about background, I'm a 2014 grad -- I have about 2 years of trademark paralegal experience and some trademark and copyright research assistant experience while in law school.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:22 am

I'll just add to this thread as well. Sent my statement on 12/15, received interview email on 12/23.
2014 grad with trademark & non-trademark IP experience.

Also, based on the timeline they gave for interview slots, its likely that there are about 100 people being interviewed...not 300.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby ITIKWIW » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:08 pm

Can anyone give examples of some of the questions that are asked during the first round of interviews? Thanks and much appreciated.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:40 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Also, based on the timeline they gave for interview slots, its likely that there are about 100 people being interviewed...not 300.


I agree. According to the interview email, first round interviews will be held on only 8 days: Mon-Thurs the weeks of Jan. 5 and Jan. 12, with interviewees told they should expect to stay at the USPTO for approximately one hour. It's possible they'll have 3 or 4 panels interviewing 7-10 candidates every one of those days, but based on these dates and the indication that each interview is slotted for an hour, 300 interviews seems unlikely. Between 50 and 100 seems more realistic.

I heard there were talks of streamlining the whole interview process this year. But the email does called it the "first round" so who knows.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:13 am

Does anyone know if they're hiring for each class separately? Like if you don't make the March class, are you reconsidered for the May class?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:31 pm

good luck to all beginning the first round interview process! if anyone has credible insider information (for example, number of positions available), please share.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 06, 2015 5:46 am

I have my interview in a handful of hours. Anyone have an idea what to expect?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:21 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I have my interview in a handful of hours. Anyone have an idea what to expect?



How did it go? Would you mind sharing some of the questions they asked you?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:26 pm

Did they give any indication of what the timeline for hearing about the next step would be?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby salern » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:54 pm

I would also appreciate any info, what was the first interview like?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:35 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know if they're hiring for each class separately? Like if you don't make the March class, are you reconsidered for the May class?



The last couple of times they have done this, they pull all the applicant's from the same pool for both the classes. Last year the USPTO put on two classes from the round of hiring, one class started in March, the other in May. Some people will have conflicts that make only one or other possible. The office seems to try to accommodate to the extent it can, and then plugs in the "either class will work" people based on the vacancies.




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