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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
173 Reviews
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Pros
  • it's good, great flexibility, work from home, freedom to sign own work (in 27 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule and workload (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Has to meet production requirement (in 8 reviews)

  • Challenging production requirements (in 7 reviews)

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    Primary Patent Examiner

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Challenging production requirements. Very isolating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    PEEP Internship Program (Biotechnology 1600)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The PEEP Internship Program is an excellent opportunity to gain experience as a Patent Examiner and gain experience in patent law. Within the 1600 unit, we were able to meet with current Patent Examiners, SPEs, and former patent attorney in order to understand both ends of the spectrum.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, this internship is unpaid and to get the full benefit of the position you may not be able to work another job in order to earn income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Rewarded for merit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    The collegiality, pay, flexibility, respect for hard work and intelligence, and community of scientists and engineers is fantastic. I know of no other organization where scientific and engineering employees are at every level of management, and firmly in charge of the organization. Being in a union has benefits with respect to clearly understanding your job requirements. You have a very clear understanding of what is required of you, and what your rewards will be.

    Cons

    Mentally taxing work. Difficult to engage meaningfully with work where you are not a creative contributor, but a judge and legal examiner. There is a lack of tangibility in your work product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is doing a great job adjusting incentives to focus the examining corps on mission objectives. The work-life balance is phenomenal. Unrivaled anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    #1 place to work in the Federal government

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Great benefits
    Great training
    Great pay
    Great telework program
    Law school reimbursement program
    Employee assistant program
    Diversity
    Different positions available

    Cons

    Work in isolation most of the time
    Has to meet production requirement
    Deadlines to submit work
    Too much computer use
    Bad manager/mentor can affect your work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible hours and good bonus.

    Cons

    work load is intensive though it's doable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Flexible job, incredibly monotonous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredible work/life balance, flexible scheduling, and telecommuting within continental US.

    Cons

    Production and count system can be difficult to meet. The work is extremely monotonous, and opportunities to move up are solely based on production, not quality of work product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag, probably like most jobs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, great pay for a first job, love the DC area. They recently brought back tuition reimbursement, so that's good if you're interested in going to law school. Being able to telework is nice and has allowed me to live in other cities. They've started opening satellite offices in other major cities. Patent law is fascinating for someone who likes science and engineering and also has an interest in government and policy.

    Cons

    Your supervisor will make or break this job. I had a great supervisor at first but that changed when management shuffled around some supervisors. My new supervisor isn't a bad person, but it's the difference between a micromanager with specific style preferences, and a manager who will get out of your way so that you can learn the job and only step in when asked or when needed to use their management connections. The production requirements are high and if you take promotions without stopping to learn the job then you might find yourself swamped with work without having a chance to learn some of the finer points.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know that there's anything that can be done to change this job. I believe it is largely a reflection of it's private-side legal counterpart which is driven by the billable hour. I think patents as a whole needs restructuring or maybe this will always be a volume business. I guess my advice to management would be to be more honest about the workload and what this job entails. Also, being more critical about giving out promotions and reviewing quality more intelligently would improve things overall. I think the examiner-supervisor feedback mechanism needs to be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It is a white collar sweat shop.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    The tech side of it is interesting

    Cons

    all that matters is "count Monday"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dislikes Native Born American Citizens

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    Seeing new ideas, before the general public

    Cons

    Production standards that has no bases in any scientific study

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Out for The 10th Floor!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OPEA Team Member in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - OPEA Team Member in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Support staff and infrastructure are fantastic. Very helpful, kind and hard working.

    Cons

    Senior Level Management -- on the executive floor in particular. Major Diva-like behavior, favoritism, alcoholism, spineless, smarthy senior "leader" who don't lead anything but the "yes" party.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually talk to your staff. People are miserable and you all walk around like everything is rosy. Tell the BUs to stop being so deceitful in cahoots with HR. People are not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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