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"overall good experience"

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Current Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
Current Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

flexible- Can decide your work hours. There is more emphasis on your work productivity.

Cons

stressful - Since it is a production based job there is great emphasis on getting your work done in a timely manner. But this can be difficulty when first starting out since the field of patent law is complex and would need guidance from a great Supervisor if assigned to one.

Advice to Management

Help new examiners deal with the steep learning curve at the start of their jobs by getting them connected with fellow examiners so they know who to go for questions and advice.

Other Employee Reviews for US Patent and Trademark Office

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits, including flexible schedule. But stressful."

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Good pay with opportunity to increase salary rapidly. Great atmosphere. Relaxed dress code. Overtime usually available. Lots of resources to help with job.

    Cons

    Your work is based on production, and you are rated quarterly. If you have trouble making production, this will be a stressful job for you. You will be working late nights, weekends, and holidays to try to keep up. If you are one of those people who can get a case done in 6 hours, then you'll love this job. If it takes you a while to complete a case, the production will kill you because you'll be puitting in way more than 40 hours per week, with no compensation. Also, your supervisor will m,ake or break you. Mine was very difficult and I spent way more time on cases than I needed to because his standards were so high. Most supervisors are very easy-going and that makes getting cases done alot easier.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure SPEs are fair. If an examiner has trouble getting cases through his/her SPE, he should have the option of getting a secondary review from another primary or SPE.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Work Experince"

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    potential to grow quickly both level wise and financially

    Cons

    a total sweatshop!!! Involuntary overtime is a must to survive the year of probation - a year of hell

    Advice to Management

    Hire people and keep them.


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