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"Challenging work, rewarding career."

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

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

Pros

Great flexibility.
Great work environment.
The overall atmosphere are the uspto is a very relaxed. This is a great job for someone who has legal training in intellectual property law. For the most part, the job is fair and does a great job training examiners in the art of patent examination.

Cons

Endless production.
Work sometimes require time outside the normal 9-5.
Since most of the entry level examiners are not patent lawyer or legally trained, the agency should put more effort into giving the new examiners a holistic view of how law firms and patent prosecution works so the examiners understand how to perform their job better. Your success also depends on your supervisor. A good supervisor makes your life easy, but a micro-managing supervisor can make it more difficult to meet production requirements on time.

Advice to Management

Please keep your examiners informed of the ever changing rules and regulations within the agency.

Other Employee Reviews for US Patent and Trademark Office

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The USPTO has a lot of great benefits. The flexible schedules, vacation time, and bonus structure all make it a pretty good place to work in general. The office also gets its funding from fees, so as you could see from the shutdown, people were still able to work.

    Cons

    If you are a person that thrives in working in groups, this is not the place for you. If you like working on different types of projects, this is not for you. You will spend most of your time on your own, looking at applications and talking with attorneys. It's pretty much what you do 95% of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to update the workforce on changes upcoming - with AIA on the horizon a lot is about to change.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible time Management, decent pay

    Cons

    As an engineer, you're pigeon-holed to the patent industry, highly variable and dependent if you get a good boss or not

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