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US Patent and Trademark Office Washington DC Reviews

Updated April 23, 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)

    "Good place to work"

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    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


  2. "Patent Examiner"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and Pay. Not strict on dress code. Teleworking programs. Lots of feedback to receive help.

    Cons

    Quota system. Working for free from time to time. Job gets redundant, and dry. No feel of job satisfaction after the week is over.

    Advice to Management

    provide constructive criticism on returned cases.


  3. "Great quality of life job"

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    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.


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  5. "Technical Writer & Editor"

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    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.


  6. "Patent Examiner Basics"

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    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.


  7. "Excellent working at the forefront of technology. Substantive technical and legal experience."

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and work life balance. Great pay. Good social collegial atmosphere. Opportunities for noncompetitive advancement (do the work and be good and it — you'll get promoted).

    Cons

    Repetitive work. Depending on your art, you may not often see groundbreaking technology. Too much job satisfaction hinges on your SPE. Some are good; some aren't.

    Advice to Management

    Some SPEs need more management training.


  8. "Patent Extern"

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

    Pros

    Great Experience

    Wonderful Place to Work and Live

    Cons

    Compensation is 0 for an intern and there is no job guarantee after the summer, but if you have a chance to apply definitely take it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Trademark examiner"

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    Current Employee - Attorney-advisor, Trademarks in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Attorney-advisor, Trademarks in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Full-time telework from anywhere in the country
    - Great federal employee benefits and job security

    Cons

    - Less growth opportunity once you work from home full-time, though options still exist


  10. "Great place"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible hours, rewarding work

    Cons

    perception of being a govt employee


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience so far"

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist (InfoSEC) in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist (InfoSEC) in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I haven't been working at USPTO long enough to leave a comprehensive review. However, so far its been a positive experience. I will leave a more detailed review later.

    Cons

    Slightly political environment that needs to be navigated through. No telecommute at the moment for my position. From what I hear the patent examiners do have quotas they have to meet every 2 week cycle.

    Advice to Management

    No complaints so far, but I will update this review at a later date.


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