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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:16 pm

Did any of the interviewers indicate when first round candidates would be notified regarding whether or not they are being considered for the second round?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:16 pm

I asked. All they told me was that they were interviewing through the end of the month.

That said, our first round email was unambiguous that first round interviews end tomorrow. So my guess is that we should find out promptly if it's their schedule to finish up all interviewing this month. Of course, this is just a guess.

As to questions - my interview was mostly informative. There weren't that many questions; I probably asked more of the questions than they did. They seemed more interested in fleshing out the job responsibilities.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:32 pm

The said they are interviewing "until the end of the month" to me as well. I agree, i think they will be extending second round interview offers tomorrow and Friday.

Also, I saw a detailed account by a current examiner at the PTO who went through this process last year. (http://www.glassdoor.com/GD/Interview/U ... Trademarks)

To date it's exactly what we're all going through -- from when they opened the announcement, to when the first round was, etc. He/she stated that they received their offer for their second round interview on the last day of the first round of interviews.

So although it is speculation, it's likely that we are going to hear by Friday.

My interview was also really similar, discussing the job in detail, pay scale, training program, responsibilities, etc. Out of the 20 minutes it was maybe 10-12 minutes of them speaking and maybe 8 of me answering general interview questions. ("Why do you want to be an examiner," "How do you take criticism?")

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:08 pm

Does anyone know if applicants who submitted their writing samples at the end of the submission timeline (Dec. 18 or 19) have been extended interview invitations yet?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:41 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know if applicants who submitted their writing samples at the end of the submission timeline (Dec. 18 or 19) have been extended interview invitations yet?



The email I received for the first round indicated that the first round interviews were being conducted for last week and this week -- ending today. Based on that email, I think all interview invitations have been extended. UNLESS, their comment about "end of the month" indicates there's two separate first rounds, but based on their hiring practices in the past, I find that unlikely.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:42 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know if applicants who submitted their writing samples at the end of the submission timeline (Dec. 18 or 19) have been extended interview invitations yet?



The email I received for the first round indicated that the first round interviews were being conducted for last week and this week -- ending today. Based on that email, I think all interview invitations have been extended. UNLESS, their comment about "end of the month" indicates there's two separate first rounds, but based on their hiring practices in the past, I find that unlikely.


Yea, my best guess is that at this point, the invitations to interview have all been extended. I've already given up.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:58 pm

Fyi received a 2nd interview notice today, so they're rolling out!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:07 pm

Emailed yesterday about a second interview scheduled for next week. Based on the timing of my last interview, I'd guess they are setting up interviews with 1 week notice, in order of when you were interviewed in the first round. First Round finishes today and they told me the Second (Last?) Round starts on 1/20. No word on how many days for the 2nd round but I'd guess they're ending on 1/27.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:32 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Fyi received a 2nd interview notice today, so they're rolling out!



Oh lord, no pressure. If you dont mind me asking, what day was your first interview?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:26 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Oh lord, no pressure. If you dont mind me asking, what day was your first interview?


I interviewed on Tuesday. And my 2nd is on the 28th so interviewing apparently goes until around the end of January.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:50 pm

I wonder how many candidates are left at this stage. It seems like there will be two weeks of second rounders, too.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:46 pm

I hope they are still extending invitations tomorrow. Trying to keep the hope alive... lol

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I wonder how many candidates are left at this stage. It seems like there will be two weeks of second rounders, too.


When I interviewed it seemed like there were three different panels interviewing one candidate per hour (two others in the waiting room who were taken for interviews by different attorneys before me). If they were doing this about seven hours a day for all eight days, then they would have interviewed about 168 applicants (3 x 7 x 8). The second round will apparently be more like one interview an hour, seven hours a day, for eight days (i.e., probably around 56 interviewees, which is 1/2 of 168). So my guess is they made about a 50% cut after first interviews.

Obviously that's just speculation.

And for what it's worth, I heard from a current employee that they may hire more than 30 examiners this year. So if the above numbers are close to accurate, then second round interviewees have a decent shot.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:10 am

They are definitely interviewing in February, as mine is scheduled then. But I'm not sure how long they will extend to.

Best of luck to everyone.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:17 pm

Anonymous User wrote:They are definitely interviewing in February, as mine is scheduled then. But I'm not sure how long they will extend to.


Well I'm thankful for TLS. You guys have been helpful in flushing out the process for future rounds....even if there's a lot of speculation involved :wink:

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:52 pm

There are apparantly 40 positions available and they will be split into March and May classes. I was recently invited for a second-round interview. Does anyone have any details on what that may be like, apart from what's already described in the Glassdoor posting? Thanks, and good luck all.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby jessika72 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:24 pm

I submitted my written statement on 12/18. I received my first interview email on 12/23, the interview was scheduled and held on 1/12/14. I attended via a skype type service. The interview email stated that "Interviews will begin on Monday, January 5, 2015 and will continue through Thursday, January 15 from 9 am to 4 pm (not including Friday, January 9)."

What I have been told by the interview team:
They are planning to hire 40 people. 20 to start in early March, 20 to start in early May (they do not have a classroom space big enough for all 40 at once)

The second round of interviews, which have to be on campus, are expected to start on 1/20 and they will let me know as soon as possible if I am invited (I live in CA).

There are 17 different legal departments, each with their own lead attorney, so they will want to interview candidates they think are a good fit for their department.

They also said they are looking to extend job offers in early February, which implies that interviews will be done by then.

My Background:
JD 2010, LL.M. Entertainment and media law 2013. I applied and got invited to write the statement in 2014, but did not receive an interview. I went to a currently unranked law school for both degrees.

I hope they email me on Tuesday for a early February interview, last minute flights are expensive!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:17 pm

Has anyone heard anything concrete about how many are being interviewed in round 2? Based on numbers it seems unlikely they are doing more than 60 but I've heard up to 100..which still gives candidates a good 40% shot.

And apparently the round 2 interviews are two back-to-back panels of 8-10 managing/senior attys. who are kind of shopping for candidates they think would be a good fit for their offices.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:54 pm

I can basically confirm what everyone else has posted. I was told there would be a total of 40 new hires divided between March and May classes. I had my interview at the end of last week, and I was informed that the second interview process would begin quickly. Given the timeline and the fact that others have received 2nd interview invites and my inbox is empty, I have to assume that I didn't make it to the next round. Also, the interviewers indicated the 2nd round interviews would consist of separate interviews with two panels of office managers. Then, the final candidates would be selected through a draft-like process. Good luck to those that remain in the hunt!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:58 pm

So they are interviewing into February?

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:53 am

I had my second round interview on Thursday, January 22. They told me that they were interviewing a little over 100 people in the second round and that they were planning on filling 40 spots. They hope to start extending offers on Friday, February 6.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:36 pm

Did anyone get a sense of whether accepted applicants could preference which starting class/month? Didn't get a chance to squeeze in some of my more logistcal questions and am just curious. Best of luck to those rounding out the second round!

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:48 pm

For anyone that went through a second round interview, how did you feel walking out? More or less confident? Was the interview mostly Q&A or did it develop into a conversation?

I recently finished my second round interview but it's difficult to gauge how it went. I felt that one panel was more personable than the other. While one panel was strictly/mostly Q&A, the other panel was more conversational and the interview flowed more smoothly. I'm curious to know if others feel the same.

Thanks, and good luck to all that are still in the running.

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:40 pm

I thought both panels were a good mix of conversational flow and straight Q&A, but I could have had completely different panels on a different day. I felt confident, but with a <40% chance I'm trying not to get my hopes up. Good luck to all! We'll find out soon enough..

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Re: Attorney Advisor (Trademark Examining Attorney) for USPTO

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:49 pm

Both of mine were heavily Q&A, though one panel was noticeably harder to read/more rigid. And while I felt pretty comfortable with one panel in particular, comfort isn't something to really hang my hat on, so I certainly won't be holding my breath.




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