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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 for 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  

    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 for 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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tap in to your talent more

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    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    PTO Attorneys

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Examining Attorney  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Examining Attorney in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Work from home full time after 2 years of employment; work from anywhere in the continental US full time after working from home for a period (maintaining a rating of at least "fully successful" required for both).

    Cons

    Production, production, production... The production requirements (equivalent to law firm billables) are as demanding as billing at a large firm -- only you don't get the large firm compensation for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust production requirements so that a rating of "outstanding" is attainable within an 80 hour pay-period. Unpaid OT should not be required to achieve rating goals.

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    Neutral Outlook
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