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Good place to learn

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office

Pros

Layed back, good salary, nice benifits

Cons

Always recognized for the bad and never for the good (a "good job" every once and a while would be encouraging).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Notice what people do to make your job easier.

No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for US Patent and Trademark Office

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    Good Pay, Bad Work

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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

    Pros

    Great pay with almost automatic non-competitive advancement if goals are met. Flexible hours and the ability to work at home when at higher GS levels. Government benefits always a plus.

    Cons

    The work is stressful, boring, and inconsistent. You have a certain amount of hours to examine each case regardless of how hard it actually is. If you want to allow an application but your boss disagrees, be prepared to work extra hours and make a bad rejection. Management makes quick decisions on allowability based only on glancing at the claims in a case. The general mindset that training instills is that every case you allow is a failure on your part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stress consistency in supervisor's decisions. Supervisor's also need to suggest calling attorneys and trying to Examiner Amend to get cases allowed. The new changes implemented by Kappos are a step in the right direction, but more is required.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Working at PTO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Pros

    Great flexibility, many opportunities to be promoted, fully electronic system for handling applications, organized system for keeping track of production

    Cons

    There are a few down sides of working at the PTO ... it can cause a lot of headache since so much of the job has to do with examiner's broadest reasonable interpretation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great for the office to set clearer standards for examiners in terms of rejections and allowances ...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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