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US Patent and Trademark Office Washington DC Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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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 65 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule is a pro (in 47 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 28 reviews)

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

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  1. "Patent Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job security and fast promotion.

    Cons

    Production system for a biweekly bases. Stressful and long hours.


  2. "Patent Examiner"

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    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.

  3. "Primary examiner is a very independent position."

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "clear expectations"

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    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The job is production-based, so expectations are very clear. Reports are available constantly, so there are no surprises at review time. The telework program is a nice benefit.

    Cons

    It can be hard to be "the bad guy" all the time, and to have an adversarial relationship with applicants. The agency is very reactive, and seems to constantly have some new program or training, or requirement every few months. We've recently gotten a fair bit of bad press, which is a blow to morale. Some people need more management/guidance than what is available. For attorneys, the pay scale can be frustrating if compared to practice.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust the BD (production requirement, "quota") to accurately reflect the current state of the art. Do more "good PR" to educate people about how we work, and how much we accomplish with limited resources.


  5. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This a very friendly and fun place to intern. Everyone inner was super nice and helpful and always willing to take some time and discuss what you wanted and how to tailor the internship to your goals.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work could be a little slow especially if you end up with a department you are not familiar with. There is also a lot you need to learn quick (acronymns, different employee positions/duties, etc).

    Advice to Management

    Management could do a better job of being available. It can sometimes take a while to get to meet and talk to some of the upper level employees.


  6. "Patent Examiner Extern"

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    Former Employee - Patent Examiner Intern in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Patent Examiner Intern in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to do your own work at your own pace. You also work with a lot of nice people who are willing to help you

    Cons

    The externship is unpaid and the training program is too short for externs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Jr Examiner"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule 5:30 am- 10 pm
    Possibility of overtime and bonuses
    Telework and work from home options are available after one year of work
    Job details ar available

    Cons

    Meeting production is tricky and can be stressful. Unfortunately how successful or unsuccessful in this job is dependent upon who signs off on your work.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to work if your SPE is a good manager"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    After passing the Patent Law Exam, work at home is available. Communication with management and peers facilitated by the latest conferencing products. All examining work is through proprietary programming. Good bonuses and Rapid advancement to GS14.

    Cons

    Lots of egotistical primary examiners and SPEs. My SPE trainer did not believe that anyone should be hired as a GS9 and strove to "weed out" the GS9s from his class. Deadlines and production on a bi-week basis. Training is moderately effective.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to manage and empower rather than judge and be unavailable or unwilling to see ALL sides of an issue. The empowerment was preached but not practiced by the succession of SPEs over my Art Unit.


  9. "fair and great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, merit dependent bonuses, truly an equal opportunity employer unlike many companies who allege they are, merit-based non-competitive annual promotions or step increases, benefits are great, have a patent examiners union which works with management to make for "fair" working conditions.

    Cons

    constant pressure to make production (application quota), so you must be extremely disciplined.

    Advice to Management

    try to examine cases under the same condituons that examiners currently do before making policy changes... perspective is key.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Former Contractor - Business Intelligence Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at US Patent and Trademark Office as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of IT projects

    Cons

    Some of the decision making is too bureaucratic


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