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

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Production Counts are what Counts

Patent Examiner (Former Employee)
Alexandria, VA

ProsFor me it was fun to understand the inventions in the patent applications and to try to find prior art (work/invention) which was the same as the invention in the patent application; or to alternatively find aspects of the invention in multiple pieces of prior art and to make an argument why it would've been obvious to combine those aspects. It's challenging and you're learning everyday.

ConsEven during your first year when theoretically you're not evaluated based on your production level, you are expected to be at a 60%, 80% and 100% production levels by 6, 8 and 11 months respectively. That's understandable as the USPTO is financed by the fees generated by production and therefore they only want to keep people they know can produce at the expected level. But it does make for a stressful job if you're having difficulty meeting production expectations.

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

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work, rewarding career.

    Patent Examiner (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

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


    Pros: Great flexibility. Great work environment. The overall atmosphere are the uspto is a very relaxed. This is a great job for someone who has legal training… Cons: Endless production. Work sometimes require time outside the normal 9-5. Since most of the entry level examiners are not patent lawyer or legally trained, the agency should… Advice to Senior Management: Please keep your examiners informed of the ever changing rules… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office


    Pros: Flexible time Management, decent pay Cons: As an engineer, you're pigeon-holed to the patent industry, highly… More
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