US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Best job imaginable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Examuner in New Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Examuner in New Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working from home is undervalued

    Cons

    Some close minded people, like anywhere else

    Advice to Management

    Realize you are not always right, just usually.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Internship Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Extern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very easy going job, not much stress, you get your work done and no one asks questions.

    Cons

    gets a little boring just sitting in the office all day behind a desk, as an engineering major I wouldnt want to sit and work on patents, so it must be something you are interested in.

    Advice to Management

    Stimulate your employees


  3. Helpful (1)

    If you can make it pass 16months you will be ok.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible time, and you get your work done, then you will be good.

    Cons

    Getting the hang of the job on the first 1 and 1/2 months.

    Advice to Management

    To have a more step sequence to get case allowed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good advancement opportunities for examiners; less so for others

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee
    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible work schedules; telework; onsite childcare, health unit, and gym; located near Metro, VRE, and Amtrak stations; relaxed dress code; inclusive work environment; special funding model offers some pay security in times of government shutdown

    Cons

    support roles have limited advancement potential

    Advice to Management

    Insist all department heads and managers be proactive instead of reactive; don't take employees for granted; create and allow downtime for support staff to receive training to improve job skills and performance; create opportunities for and encourage employees to advance even in other departments to keep them at the agency


  6. Helpful (5)

    Low Pay in relation to Work Load

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office

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

    Pros

    Gym on Campus, Flexibility to work around different hours.

    Cons

    High workload High Stress Pay low in relation to workload

    Advice to Management

    Increase Pay and bonuses to justify high workload and Stress.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. The pay is competitive, although the cost of living in the area is high.

    Cons

    Some SPEs or senior level people can be hard to work with. Much of your success as a new examiner is based on the willingness of the people you report to to help you.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Rated as one of the best places to work in the federal government.

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I am a primary examiner and have been working at the US PTO for over 12 years. The common comments I see are "stressful job", "monotonous", "production oriented", etc. Well, one has to realize that this is a job that requires a lot of reading and comprehending, as well as analytical skills. The material can be drab. Often times patent applications are translations from foreign languages. A significant number of references are in foreign languages and the translations available are machine translations with their own limitations. New and novel ideas are scarce. Most applications have subject that has small, incremental changes from the state of the art. The examiner's challenge is to determine the minute difference from the state of the art that makes an application patentable. An examiner has to work through all these difficulties. Therefore, this is not a job for everyone. It requires a special kind of skill to succeed as a patent examiner. To me, this is my dream job. I love it. I would recommend it to anyone, who has the attitude and the inclination to do this type of work. The pay is good. The benefits are excellent. Flexible work schedule. Allowed to work from anywhere in the country, where a good broadband internet service is allowable. Great and continued work related training as well as financial and retirement training and various other social and developmental help. Job security. This is also one of the most independent jobs one could find. Other than occasional quality audits, the primary examiner is independent in his/her work. No supervising. No approvals. Job promotions and other activities are available without any discrimination. I joined the PTO after several years of industrial experience, and I found the job to be a welcome change. Irrespective of the position one held, one has to start at a lower level and then get trained on the job. However, please do not consider this as a deterrent. I took more than 50% pay cut when I joined as a Junior examiner but in a few of years, I started getting comparable or better salaries than what I had in the industry. I say, if you are up to this challenge, then join the PTO.

    Cons

    This job is not for everyone. In requires patience, good ability to read and comprehend, and analytical skills. It is a desk job. Most work is online. Irrespective of what experience and qualifications, one gets only a lower level position and must get rigorous training before one becomes a primary. But then, that is why a primary examiner is paid a good salary and all that great benefits.


  9. Helpful (2)

    IT Pro

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay Benefits Gym on campus On site cafe'

    Cons

    Very introverted workforce Politics get in the way of getting things done When something goes wrong, it is all finger pointing and no one takes ownership due to fear of management Lacking vision of future goals and projects


  10. Helpful (1)

    The best part of USPTO is job flexibility; the ability to telework at least two days per week.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Alexandria, VA

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, job security, training opportunities

    Cons

    Senior Leadership is lacking in the qualities and/or values that one would consider best in class.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk.


  11. I have enjoy working for the US Patent & Trademark Office

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    What I like about working at the US Patent and Trademark Office is the flexibility that the job offers.

    Cons

    What I dis-like about working at the US Patent and Trademark Office is that there is not much employee interaction.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that management has good job fulfilling the needs of the Patent Examiner's



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