US Patent and Trademark Office
3.4 of 5 133 reviews
www.uspto.gov Alexandria, VA 5000+ Employees

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This job is perfect for those who are naturally meticulous.

Primary Patent Examiner (Current Employee)
Alexandria, VA

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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work if you have a family

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    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 Senior Management: Tap in to your talent more Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    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… Cons: Production, production, production... The production requirements (equivalent to law firm billables) are as demanding as… Advice to Senior Management: Adjust production requirements so that a rating of "outstanding" is attainable within an… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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