US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Friendly, Helpful, Best Legal Experience So Far

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

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly Atmosphere, Non-competitive legal atmosphere, Mentoring, Federal Government Employee, Telecommuting

    Cons

    There really weren't any cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Helpful (3)

    A great job if you can cut corners and not have it bother you

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

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

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

    Pros

    Great money (for government). The pay is great. Gym, childcare etc. A lot of perks along with a great salary and advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Quantity is the number one objective ... but they also do not want "glaring" errors ... so it is a hard balance to strike.

    Advice to Management

    Reform the whole system. The patent attorneys complain all the time about the "quality" of the office actions, bu they cannot say much because they are at the mercy of the USPTO.

  3. Helpful (4)

    A HORRIBLE PLACE FOR IT CONTRACTORS

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

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If i was a govt employee, i would be giving wonderful praises for the suppose to be number 1 place to work at in the agency. But I am IT contractor employee.

    Cons

    If you are thinking of working here and a IT contractor employee. Listen to my warning. I had different options of jobs to take and i decided to take this job because I saw the number 1 place to work. I was thrilled and excited to be working for this agency. Well, I was told and saw that this does not apply to IT contractors. I was absolutely amazed on how the contractors are treated. And its absolutely an accepted fact. I have been doing govt contracting for over 20 years and this is the first place, where i am shocked on how some of the contractors are yelled at, treated by emails, spoke down to like little kids, and other stuff i see on a daily basis. I do not know how long I will be here but the turnover is awful and the negativity energy is not good. I will stay here until i find something else. The grass is not greener on the other side at all. This is the worse agency for IT contractors and i thought previous agencies i worked for was worse.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone with respect and dignity which includes contractors.

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  5. PEEP Internship Program (Biotechnology 1600)

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    None

  6. Helpful (1)

    Primary Patent Examiner

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Challenging production requirements. Very isolating.

  7. Helpful (1)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

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

    Pros

    flexible hours and good bonus.

    Cons

    work load is intensive though it's doable

  8. Rewarded for merit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. #1 place to work in the Federal government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (2)

    It is a white collar sweat shop.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

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

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

    Pros

    The tech side of it is interesting

    Cons

    all that matters is "count Monday"

  11. Helpful (3)

    Watch Out for The 10th Floor!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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