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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
142 Reviews
3.7
142 Reviews
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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work (in 25 reviews)

  • flexible work schedule allows for family friendly atmosphere, working from home is great (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • A good supervisor makes your life easy, but a micro-managing supervisor can make it more difficult to meet production requirements on time (in 10 reviews)

  • I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    PEEP Internship Program (Biotechnology 1600)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The PEEP Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to gain experience as a Patent Examiner and gain experience in patent law. Within the 1600 unit, we were able to meet with current Patent Examiners, SPEs, and former patent attorney in order to understand both ends of the spectrum.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this internship is unpaid and to get the full benefit of the position you may not be able to work another job in order to earn income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    #1 place to work in the Federal government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Great benefits
    Great training
    Great pay
    Great telework program
    Law school reimbursement program
    Employee assistant program
    Diversity
    Different positions available

    Cons

    Work in isolation most of the time
    Has to meet production requirement
    Deadlines to submit work
    Too much computer use
    Bad manager/mentor can affect your work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Patent Examiner - my personal pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I started back in Nov.2013, here are my impressions thus far:

    - flexibility: come in when you want, just get the work done
    -people:most people i've met are motivated and happy to be examiners, and they take pride in what they do
    - the location: beautiful campus, excellent amenities

    Cons

    -lack of transparency/lies: why does everyone tell us in the 1st year that production DOES NOT matter?
    it is the only thing that matters in the first year, and everyone knows it.
    Stop lying to new examiners, the lies get old, and bring embarrassment to the institution.

    -production: i find it unfair that most examiners have to put in unpaid overtime to meet the production goals.
    Most examiners i've met are honest, hardworking employees, yet i'm sure if i ever leave the office it will be because of unrealistic production goals, and the same is true for most other examiners.

    -get rid of lazy primaries: unfortunately i've also met lazy employees who reject everything to save themselves work. Get rid of lazy primaries and examiners, since their quality is an embarrassment to the office.

    -solitary work: not sure how this can be fixed, however it is a con.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of lazy primaries whose cases are of horrible quality.
    Stop lying to examiners - production DOES matter in the 1st year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for self-starters to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very well delineated promotion goals for examiners. You own your work and do not need to rely on others completing their tasks. You are also permitted to work at home full time.

    Cons

    Minimal interactions with other people so you are very isolated. The job is extremely repetitive and you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again. If you get a bad manager it will ruin your time there since they control your job progress when first hired. Do not offer tuition reimbursement or allow examiners to take unpaid leave to study for the bar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible schedule, excellent benefits, job security

    Cons

    The work is very repetitive. lack of career advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The work life balance here is amazing. Work from anywhere. Tons of sick and vacation leave. Flexible hours. If you do good work you will quickly gain responsibility and be managing your own docket. Great job for independent type people who are self starters.

    Cons

    Not a lot of exit options or room for advancement. Work is repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more from within. There are great people within the examiner ranks who are capable of serving in leadership positions and have a wealth of knowledge about how the pto operates and how it can be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for quality of life if you don't want your job to be your life

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Pros

    Pretty flexible in terms of hours and hoteling.
    The work-life balance is good.
    The location is great for commuting by metro . . . also in a good area just outside of DC.
    Friendly work environment

    Cons

    Can get monotonous
    Production system
    Salary can be rough at first if you are on a mountain of loans

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Examiner  in  Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pros are the full-time telework and the enhanced GS pay scale. You can live anywhere and not have to report to work.

    Cons

    When you are junior your work is reviewed. If the person reviewing your work doesn't know what they are doing, you are in trouble. They will constantly return your work and tell you to redo it for ridiculous reasons and you won't be able to make the quota and you will either work 100 hours a week or get fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective on who you hire into management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    job

    Current Employee - Examiner  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Examiner in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work. Its challenging and its rewarding. You will not be disappointed

    Cons

    you have to work hard. work is measured to minute details and metrics. You must meet the goals that have been provided, bonuses are available if you do so. if you are well organized and can read/write reports this should not be a major problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it simple

  11.  

    Great flexibility

    Current Employee - Patent Examiner  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The ability to work from home and basically whenever you want is great, along with clear expectations as to how much work you need to do.

    Cons

    The work is very challenging in a way that is not particularly interesting, at least it is not interesting to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep increasing the flexibility of the office, as you have already been doing.

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