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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • Interesting work and a very good group of people to work with; excellent benefits with an amazing work/life balance; very good work from home program (in 66 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule is a pro (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 29 reviews)

  • Lots of stress to meet production (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Patent Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Primary Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generous policy for annual leaves and medical leaves.

    Cons

    Positions are heavily Production oriented.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "patent examiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 schedule, job security, good pay

    Cons

    expectations are a little high for first year employees

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Former Patent Examiner, hoteler"

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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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, great health insurance benefits

    Cons

    While you are on maternity leave, your amended docket of cases continues to accumulate. There is no getting over that backlog when it comes to production expectancies, especially if you have any other emergency follow having a baby that requires you to take time off of work. You are a hamster in a wheel expected to produce, produce, produce! There is zero job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Transfer cases to other examiners when longer periods of leave are taken.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "10 year Patent Examiner"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, ability to telework full time via hotelling program (PHP), lots of flexible options.

    Cons

    With each new commissioner, big court decision, or management change the culture and functioning of the office changes. This career is all about your manager (SPE). The mechanics of this job are easy enough to grasp. The reviewing of your work is quite subjective. If you change supervisors frequently, what got you great ratings with one supervisor will get you errors or flags with a new supervisor. When court decisions come out, the office changes examination practices. You will get brief vague training that you will then be responsible for interpreting the cryptic examples. Failure to do so to the liking of your supervisor will get you an error. Disagree with your SPE or make them angry, you will start getting errors for work that was previously satisfactory. The office seems to be getting rid of older examiners in favor of new hires. Its an unwritten unspoken rule. Michelle Lee was not helpful to the culture of the Office. Government work is not a private corporation or law firm. There are no billable hours.

    Advice to Management

    Make clear changes and interpretations for examination. For 101, Alice, DP, Bilski, etc. Two hours of a powerpoint training or one hour of broad, vague examples that are no where near the complexity of what we deal with on a regular basis as examiners is not acceptable. How can we be expected to adapt to an entirely different way of examining for years after four hours of training. Have realistic expectations.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good starter experience but not for the long term"

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    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience to start
    Very interesting work

    Cons

    Work gets tedious
    Very little interaction
    Not the right fit for extroverted people
    Very little growth unless you want to stay in the patent field.


  6. "Patent Examiner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Flexible and casual work environment, good training

    Cons

    Repetitive work on an individual basis. If you like working in teams this is not the job for you.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, supportive management

    Cons

    Sometimes unpaid overtime is needed to meet production requirements

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Casual Dismissal"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Patent Examiner"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Primary examiner is a very independent position."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    New technology.
    Good compensation.
    Flexible hours.
    Good working environment.

    Cons

    Lonely job without much interaction with other employees.
    Big dependency on the supervisor for first four years.
    The examiner is a critic not a creator.
    Production/quota system can be a problem for some examiners.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline numerous initiatives and clarify the rules for examination.


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