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US Patent and Trademark Office Junior Patent Examiner Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014

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Junior Patent Examiner

I applied online - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in April 2014.

Interview Details – The interviewer did a phone interview and it lasted 30~35 minutes. The questions were pretty standard, but the ones I recall were:
1. Is there a particular area of technology you'd be interested in?
2. Describe a technical project for which you had to do extensive research.
3. Describe a task / project that you had to accomplish with a short turn around time.
4. If you were given 4 projects, all with the same importance and same deadlines, how would you prioritize these projects so that all 4 a completed on time?
5. Describe a situation in which you received constructive criticism about work you have done.

Interview Question – The questions were not difficult, all of them pretty standard. The interviewer mentioned that he is required to ask all applicants a set of standard questions.   View Answer


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Junior Patent Examiner
Alexandria, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2014.

Interview Details – Via web-ex. Interview was casual. Questions asked could be found online. Interview process took 45 min. SPE was very informative and answered all questions I had about the position as well as the hiring process, including the start date of the next class and how long I should expect to hear back from HR.

Interview Question – Do you know what the patent process is like? What is the role of the patent examiner?   Answer Question


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Junior Patent Examiner

I applied online - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.

Interview Details – I applied online in August. I had an interview in September. Interview was a phone interview about 30 minutes long. I was asked the same questions as posted on here, as well as what my interests were so they can place in an art unit. I was informed on the day of the government shutdown I was not selected for the position. Coincidence?

Interview Question – When did you give a technical presentation? When was the last time you had a confrontation?   Answer Question


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Junior Patent Examiner

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in September 2013.

Interview Details – Applied online in late July and was emailed a phone interview offer in early September. The interview was very basic and scripted. All of the questions asked were already posted here. The actual interview lasted about 20 minutes and then there was a 10 minute time period in which the interviewer kept asking if I had any questions. Still haven't heard anything back since the interview.

Interview Question – When was there a time you had to convince your supervisor and what did you do to try to persuade them? Describe a situation when you received constructive criticism and how did you handle it?   Answer Question


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Junior Patent Examiner
Alexandria, VA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in March 2012.

Interview Details – applied in February, interviewed in March, not selected in April. In applied on USAJOBS.gov - I already had my federal resume prepared. I carefully prepared my cover letter and did a lot of research to prepare for the interview. Perhaps I didn't get an offer because I was too eager, just guessing. One phone interview with 2 patent managers - both were very nice. Asked what I knew about the USPTO, how would I handle difficult people and to give details about my work experience. It was difficult to hear sometimes over the phone because they were both on speakers. I aksed a question but they either misunderstood or gave me additional information so we kind of went round and round on that one. They were very eager to tell me about the orientation and how you would progress in the position.

Interview Question – Tell me how you handle difficult people.   Answer Question


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Arlington, VA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in December 2011.

Interview Details – Interviewed with one principal patent examiner and one HR rep at the same time. Was asked to explain my background, qualifications, interest in the job and knowledge of the patent prosecution.

Interview Question – What is your understanding of the US and global IP systems?   Answer Question


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Junior Patent Examiner Interview

Junior Patent Examiner

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in November 2011.

Interview Details – Online application, after 2-3 weeks I leaned I am eligible and application referred to the hiring manager, after 2-3 weeks I was notified of interview, choice for on campus vs phone interview. Chose the latter. Reviewed the USPTO and patent Examiner video online (link provided by USPTO), and general prep. First question was : What do you know about the USPTO and intellectual Property, next ?: how would you finish 4 different tasks with same deadline; how would you handle constructive criticism and give an example; how would you accomplish your tasks while sharing your limited resources with others and give an example; how would you motivate others and give example;

Apparently I was not fully prepared and did not get an offer. Suggetion: with better preparation, one can ace it.

Interview Questions

  • What do you know about the USPTO and intellectual Property,   Answer Question
  • how would you finish 4 different tasks with same deadline;   Answer Question
  • how would you handle constructive criticism and give an example;   Answer Question
  • how would you accomplish your tasks while sharing your limited resources with others and give an example;   Answer Question
  • how would you motivate others and give example   Answer Question


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Junior Patent Examiner

The process took a day - interviewed at US Patent and Trademark Office in February 2012.

Interview Details – The Interview was quite simple. I received a telephone call by a SPE. Another SPE also listened in on the interview. One SPE asked all of the questions which were mostly behavioral. The questions consisted of "how would you do your assignments if you had them due the next day?" or "explain a time when you had to in depth technical research and report such research to someone else" etc. As of the moment, I'm not sure if they are going to give me a job or not since I just interviewed a few days ago.

For some of the questions they asked me, I could not recollect my experiences so I just answered them in a hypothetical fashion.

Interview Question – Please explain what you know about the patent office and its goals.   View Answer

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