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This job is perfect for those who are naturally meticulous.

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Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

-Work whenever you want from anywhere in the US
-The pay
-Freedom to manage all of your own work (as a Primary)
-Easy to do 40 hours of work per week in less than 25 hours per week (its all about being meticulous)
-The pay
-Your own window office (as a Primary)
-Overtime and bonus pay

Cons

-Repetitive and boring at times
-You really have to love your technology area or your life will become extremely miserable
-Pesky lawyers
-The job can suck for junior examiners (depends on who your SPE is trying to impress)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The only way to improve the PTO is by making SPE's examine patent applications at least part time. Most SPE's get by without reading a word of a claim for months on end.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, including flexible schedule. But stressful.

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    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good pay with opportunity to increase salary rapidly. Great atmosphere. Relaxed dress code. Overtime usually available. Lots of resources to help with job.

    Cons

    Your work is based on production, and you are rated quarterly. If you have trouble making production, this will be a stressful job for you. You will be working late nights, weekends, and holidays to try to keep up. If you are one of those people who can get a case done in 6 hours, then you'll love this job. If it takes you a while to complete a case, the production will kill you because you'll be puitting in way more than 40 hours per week, with no compensation. Also, your supervisor will m,ake or break you. Mine was very difficult and I spent way more time on cases than I needed to because his standards were so high. Most supervisors are very easy-going and that makes getting cases done alot easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure SPEs are fair. If an examiner has trouble getting cases through his/her SPE, he should have the option of getting a secondary review from another primary or SPE.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you have a family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Good for parents
    Laid-back environment

    Cons

    Leadership isn't top notch. Promotion opportunities seem political

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    Tap in to your talent more

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