Employment within the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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17 Nov 2005 21:37 PST
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Does the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office - www.uspto.gov ) hire "patent agents" (those who passed the USPTO exam) or does it hire only "patent examiners" (those who did not take or did not pass the exam)? If the USPTO does hire "patent agents", what is the pay grade (e.g. GS-11, GS-13, etc...) ? Thank you very much.
Re: Employment within the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Answered By: webadept-ga on 18 Nov 2005 09:05 PST
Hi, After calling around for a while and sitting on the phone I finally got a hold of Anna at the PTO Employment and HR department (800) 786-9757, who had this to say on the matter. No, the USPTO doesn?t hire the Title of Patent Agent, the title is Patent Examiner, though they do hire Patent Agents as Examiners. The pay grades are the same whether or not you were a Patent Agent before you are hired as an Examiner. There is also a Title of Patent Attorney, but these are different in that they have passed a bar exam and are Attorneys. Need more information on this question, you can use the Clarification Request function or call the Office of Enrollment and Discipline at 571-272-4097 and they can give you further details as well. Thanks, Webadept-ga
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