US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Patent examiner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility and benefit is great

    Cons

    It is all about production


  2. Great people and benefits, boring job.

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, promotions every year.

    Cons

    Boring work, each boss likes your work to be a little different, policies Chang depending on current office goals which are based heavily on media and public outcry.

    Advice to Management

    Clear cut goals cases assigned at begging of a biweek by automation including amendments that way examiner knows what needs to be done.


  3. Patent examiner

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    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility, bonus, overtime pay, bonus The position is evaluation is based on metrics, not in personal opinion of your supervisor. Since the performance goal is all set, you know exactly what you need to do. You won't be ever left wondering if you are doing well or not.

    Cons

    Extremely boring and repetitive. If it's not boring and repetitive, you know you are stuck in a very difficult technology area, in which case you better switch to a boring to repetitive(240) 481-8076 AU.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Patent Examiner Mechanical

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very flexible, you know what you got to do to get the next promotion, no random deadlines, and obviously better salary than other GS pay bands...

    Cons

    ...its all about the numbers ... and like they say its case by case basis....the interpretation of the same claim might be different from one primary examiner to other.


  6. Patent Examiner

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Low Pressure You can work when you want to

    Cons

    Boring Lack of Social Events System is broken


  7. Helpful (1)

    Patent Examiner

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn about intellectual property. 1 year academy training. Build research skills. Learn an industry landscape and technology. Excellent place to practice time management skills. Flexibility to manage assignments, workflow. On-site gym. Realistic expectations. Work among incredibly intelligent technical experts.

    Cons

    Room without windows for a year or two. In some cases, primary examiners and managers with mechanical backgrounds working in business methods finance banking and insurance lack prior work experience and therefore some expertise when it comes to claim interpretation and application of prior art.

    Advice to Management

    Clarity as to what Quality means.


  8. Patent Examiner Externship

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    Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern

    Pros

    Very Flexible and convenient environment and schedule.

    Cons

    Sometimes feels isolated and boring.


  9. Awesome if you love your technology

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule - Gym on campus - Cool culture

    Cons

    - Can be stressful - Count Monday can be stressful to manage


  10. Helpful (2)

    It's a job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It pays money and it's not hard. Exposure to patent prosecution issues.

    Cons

    Too much time is spent bothering with things that don't make the patent process better.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Best job imaginable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Examuner in New Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Examuner in New Alexandria, VA
    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.



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