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Great learning experience and a wonderful government job.

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Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

flexible hours and fantastic working environment. get to see the cutting edge technology.

Cons

be prepared to read through hundreds of patents daily.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    A very different type of job

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    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible, you have a lot of flexibility to not live your life consumed by your job. Once you get into a rhythm of a positive work habits, its a job where you can feel like your own boss.

    Cons

    Very isolated. Not much interaction with other examiners. The higher the grade level the more work you are expected to produce which can lead to greater stress and anxiety. I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you. But its all about maintaining good production work habits.
    Some supervisors are very old school in their methods and will frustrate you to no end with their nit picking, while others understand that it is a production based job and there is not enough time to cross ever T and dot ever I.
    If you get stuck with a crappy SPE (Supervisory Patent Examiner) your pretty much doomed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give new examiners more information and awareness of their options in their working environment (Art Units). Create a 360 degree of review such that as supervisors review the progress of new hires, new hires are able to review the ability of the supervisor since until one becomes a SPE or a Primary Examiner, they are at the will of the SPE.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful

    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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