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US Patent and Trademark Office Virginia Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  • Meeting production requirements on a bi-weekly schedule may be difficult at times (in 21 reviews)

  • Not being able to allow cases on top of multiple returns by your supervisor can make it impossible to meet production which leads to termination (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Casual Dismissal"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vet friendly, good people to work with

    Cons

    Supervisors are not that component or good mentors

    Advice to Management

    trail of corrective action and appraisals prior to unilateral dismissal


  2. "Patent Examiner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom from Commuting (if you hotel it). Job security - if you can hack it. A nice, regular, steady income that you can plan around. Job benefits the like of which the private sector seldom offers these days.

    Cons

    If you don't get along well with your immediate supervisor, and for any reason, you are hosed. Also, the job is both stressful at the higher grades and often quite boring. It literally never changes month to month or year to year, save that your workflow must increase.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the number of hours allotted in each art. The present system is archaic.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "patent examiner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules and ability to work from home anywhere in the country.

    Cons

    Production based environment that is outdated. Isolating work. Not much opportunity to grow. Doesn't prepare for other opportunities outside IP.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Immediate Supervisor means everything ...which is well known in management to have negative consequences for the organiz"

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    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I M M E D I A T E S U P E R V I S O R can make your life great......

    Cons

    I M M E D I A T E S U P E R V I S O R can completely destroy you entire life. They are scientists/engineers who know little if anything about management

    Advice to Management

    Unfair how one particular supervisor can destroy your life, but otherwise this is a very good job.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Golden Handcuffs"

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at US Patent and Trademark Office full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible

    Great Initial Experience

    Good pay with secure job

    Cons

    Promotions don't change role/responsibility. You just do more of the same work.

    Introverts dream job, extroverts nightmare since there is very little interaction with colleagues or clients.

    Experience is very niche and combined with flexibility and pay makes it difficult to leave and transition to a new career with more growth.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Great benefits; not so much social interaction"

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility. I was able to take the days I wanted off. Nice people.

    Cons

    My SPE was very nice. He tried to be helpful, but it wasn't the concrete help I really needed to work on office actions (document explaining to patent applicants whether this is or isn't patentable). He would tell me that the patent application isn't original so there's definitely prior art out there. And I would search and search endlessly trying to find that art. I would go back and tell him that I wasn't able to find anything good, but he would reassure me that there was and I need to search harder. Days I've spent digging through the database but end up with nothing. I felt the job wasn't for me so I left the job after 10 months. One day out of curiosity, I've looked up my old applications on Google Patents to see if they became patents. And a lot of them did with the same claims intact. My primary examiner was the one that allowed the applications. So that was pretty frustrating being told that they were not patents when they ended up being so. I believe having a good SPE and a good primary is key to this job.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Patent Examiner"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home after 2 years on campus; flextime

    Cons

    Meeting production (quota) on a bi-weekly schedule is difficult sometimes


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Meet your numbers"

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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

    Good pay; you are in charge of your own promotions; flexible schedule; beautiful campus; telework opportunities; generally competent management; overtime opportunity

    Cons

    Production requirements can be bruising in some arts; inconsistent interpretation of rules and laws makes confidently learning the job challenging in some cases; boring unless you are assigned to and art you are passionate about

    Advice to Management

    Continually maintain and improve IT systems and classification to enable efficiency rather than inhibiting it.


  10. "Patent Examiner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    freedom, autonomy, flexible schedule, work at home

    Cons

    monotonous, dull work, repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    From my perspective, management was great


  11. "Good place to work if you really know what you're doing"

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    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Current Contractor - Systems Administrator in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I work at the Patent & Trademark Office as a UNIX/Linux System Administrator in support of a very large Operating Systems, applications and database customers. As my review title reads, you really have to know what you're doing to work at PTO, it's a very fast-paced fiction project oriented organization or department, you have to be very good a time management, your project most be finished on time or you will be in trouble.

    Cons

    You need to bring your own coffee, you need to pay for parking which about $140 per month. It's not a very friendly environment. I've never been to a team outing or event. I can really say anything about the benefits because don't work directly for the USPTO, I'm contract and the benefits are okay for a contractor.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to discuss improvement with employees


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