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US Patent and Trademark Office Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  • Two strong issues stand out: your ability to succeed it based on your own merits but also is seated in your ability to meet production requirements (in 28 reviews)

  • Might need to sacrifice some extra time to meet production goals (just like most corporate positions) (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great quality of life job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Insanely good flexibility and hours, great working atmosphere, no surprises, absolute job security, and solid money. You can work from home anywhere in the US and you can work part-time if desired. Once you achieve signatory authority, you'd be hard pressed to find a much better job for overall freedom and quality of life.

    Cons

    Very little social interaction, work can sometimes be monotonous, achieving production can be stressful, and the process for achieving signatory authority is stressful and frustrating.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Hit and Miss"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    USPTO offers flexibilty and good pay

    Cons

    Job is hit or miss depending on Supervisor until you are granted signatory authority

    Advice to Management

    More Consistent guidelines and Criteria for reviewing Office Actions

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Outdated Organization"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality of life - schedule flexibility, benefits, etc
    Hotelling program
    Self-sufficient work (if you have a supervisor that allows you to be)

    Cons

    Job is HIGHLY dependent on your supervisor. If you don't happen to see eye-to-eye with him/her, you will struggle. Additionally, you have little control of who your supervisor is and how you may interact with them
    Hardly room for any career growth - complacency may settle in. Exit options are extremely limited after a few years
    Boring, monotonous work. Outdated and sometimes difficult production system turns you into a paper pusher - often leading to reduced quality of examination

    Advice to Management

    SPEs could be picked more carefully - some have extremely limited management or personal skills


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Patent Office Too Demanding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    Bonuses and prestige. Higher GS Scale

    Cons

    I had a boss change from someone with a background not near to the art office. He set me back a month and management said mistakes were made. Forced me to work 12 hour days 7 days a week. No one can live like that


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic CIO"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good people who try hard to do what's right

    Cons

    Toxic leadership, especially in CIO

    Advice to Management

    Get a CIO who truly believes in people instead of only himself


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and work environment

    Cons

    Hours are long and work is intensive.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Technical Writer & Editor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer/Editor in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Plenty of room for opportunity and learning. Great Benefits.

    Cons

    Not really many cons to working here.

  8. "Patent Examiner Basics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Once you are fully trained and up to speed, you are able to work on challenging materials with little micro-managing.

    Cons

    People sometimes thinks lesser of you or talk down to you as a government employee.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let minor public issues drastically change office practices.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "For young kids having energy to follow a plurality of instant changes. Not good for people with bunch of distractions."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When you are ready for extreme working challenges, they can provide you huge bonus and overtime pay.

    Cons

    don't expect a wonderful life before you being granted with signature authority

    Advice to Management

    PLease provide better options when exployee no longer compatible.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "garbage place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NO pros at all..don't go to this place.

    Cons

    Your boss won't care much about your work
    No overtime benefit
    If you do overtime, you need to work more proportionally.
    You are going to work in a tiny trap surrounded by white wall.


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