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

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

Doesn't Recommend
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Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Most of the staff directly involved in the training program were great and eager to help. Contractors brought in to demonstrate the use of various programs were excellent and their training was very structured.

Cons

Trainers did not necessarily have any knowledge in your particular subject area, which caused them to lead you astray from time to time. Supervisors and others with signatory authority did not participate enough in the training efforts and, in some cases, were even detrimental by leading the trainee on wild goose chases. Often, different answers were given to the same questions. This is to be expected in gray areas, but not on questions of policy.

Advice to Management

Insure your supervisors are required to meet with the trainees at the scheduled times or, if not possible, to establish an alternate time to be noted on the trainees schedule so that no trainee is left without meeting their supervisor during the entire 4 month program. Make it a punishable offense to provide misinformation (such as providing incorrect job search categories when the trainee is not specific in their request - even though their trainer told them they only needed to give the application # with no additional information). This misinformation leads to a waste of time by the trainee, trainer, supervisor, and any others involved. Any inefficiencies ultimately cost the customer as they are reflected in the patent filing costs.

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  1. I had an average time as an extern for the Patent Office.

    Former Intern - Patent Examiner Extern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Patent Examiner Extern in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The work place is very laid back, no strict dress code.

    Cons

    The externship was unpaid and kind of boring.


  2. Former Extern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Pros

    If you like both engineering and law, good experience

    Cons

    If you don't, sorry. Also, unpaid externship.


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