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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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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 (9)

    "Production Counts are what Counts"

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

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

    Pros

    For me it was fun to understand the inventions in the patent applications and to try to find prior art (work/invention) which was the same as the invention in the patent application; or to alternatively find aspects of the invention in multiple pieces of prior art and to make an argument why it would've been obvious to combine those aspects. It's challenging and you're learning everyday.

    Cons

    Even during your first year when theoretically you're not evaluated based on your production level, you are expected to be at a 60%, 80% and 100% production levels by 6, 8 and 11 months respectively. That's understandable as the USPTO is financed by the fees generated by production and therefore they only want to keep people they know can produce at the expected level. But it does make for a stressful job if you're having difficulty meeting production expectations.


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    "Good experience overall"

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    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.


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