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"Great learning experience and a wonderful government job."

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Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
Former Intern - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
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I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

flexible hours and fantastic working environment. get to see the cutting edge technology.

Cons

be prepared to read through hundreds of patents daily.

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    "A very different type of job"

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    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Flexible, you have a lot of flexibility to not live your life consumed by your job. Once you get into a rhythm of a positive work habits, its a job where you can feel like your own boss.

    Cons

    Very isolated. Not much interaction with other examiners. The higher the grade level the more work you are expected to produce which can lead to greater stress and anxiety. I have used the term "intellectual sweatshop" which gives a vivid idea of the production requirements they expect from you. But its all about maintaining good production work habits.
    Some supervisors are very old school in their methods and will frustrate you to no end with their nit picking, while others understand that it is a production based job and there is not enough time to cross ever T and dot ever I.
    If you get stuck with a crappy SPE (Supervisory Patent Examiner) your pretty much doomed.

    Advice to Management

    Give new examiners more information and awareness of their options in their working environment (Art Units). Create a 360 degree of review such that as supervisors review the progress of new hires, new hires are able to review the ability of the supervisor since until one becomes a SPE or a Primary Examiner, they are at the will of the SPE.


  2. "overall good experience"

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    Current Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Current Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    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.

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