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Challenging work, rewarding career.

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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 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 in intellectual property law. For the most part, the job is fair and does a great job training examiners in the art of patent examination.

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 put more effort into giving the new examiners a holistic view of how law firms and patent prosecution works so the examiners understand how to perform their job better. Your success also depends on your supervisor. A good supervisor makes your life easy, but a micro-managing supervisor can make it more difficult to meet production requirements on time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please keep your examiners informed of the ever changing rules and regulations within the agency.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous 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 variable and dependent if you get a good boss or not

  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Know what you are getting into

    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 a year)

    Pros

    -flexible schedule (after training)
    -high earning potential
    -can be easy work if you "get" it

    Cons

    -beginning pay seems like a lot but doesn't go far in DC area
    -no control over art unit (specialty) you are assigned to
    -ruins value of engineering degree, especially for new engineers
    -zero job security, not like other government work
    -training doesn't prepare you for realities of job; expect to get thrown to the wolves and expected to meet production without having all the tools to do so (i.e., allowances)
    -they tout that you can get a promotion after only 6 months, but very few people in our large hiring class made the promotion on-time due to falling short of production requirements
    -have to work in a windowless cell for years before teleworking/promotion opportunities become available
    -don't uproot yourself for this job like I did if you are unfamiliar with patent prosecution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -I understand the pressures you are under to move applications, but the current policies and incentives result in a lot of bad rejections from junior examiners and a lot of bad allowances from senior examiners

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