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US Patent and Trademark Office Washington DC Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Patent Examiner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in North Potomac, MD
    Current Employee - Patent Examiner in North Potomac, MD

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

    Pros

    flexible working hours, plenty of opportunities to change career if qualified.

    Cons

    health insurance is not comparable with private industries, promoting supervisors to none related arts, with none corresponding examining experience.


  2. "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

  3. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I loved the atmosphere and the willingness of everyone in my department to assist with whatever I needed. I felt that I gained a lot of insight into the corporate world, since I hadn't worked in a place like that before.

    Cons

    It is so large, 5 huge buildings, it is easy to get lost. Being a contractor there would only be ok for your company who placed you there, otherwise it could feel like you are a number. Outsiders don't really speak to you, even if you look lost.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice to given, especially as an intern. I had an amazing opportunity to be there for the summer, and I would do it again, if I could. :-)


  4. "Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer, Senior"

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    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Woodbridge, VA
    Former Employee - Software Quality Assurance Test Engineer in Woodbridge, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    it's a nice place to work at

    Cons

    don't have any cons to say


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Agency under IG investigation for good reason"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.

    Not anything else but the system required a minimum input.

    Cons

    Not a team environment. Not an engineering position (clerical/legal). Supervisors are incompetent. Union is a joke.

    Not a public service position where you actually help the public -- you are required to reject viable innovative concept applications and allow ridiculously verbose foreign language machine translated applications -- you do what your supervisor or whoever signs your legal report says -- many times they do not have time to review so it is an extreme disservice to the American (and foreign) public inventors.

    Government benefits are worse than most good private company benefits.

    Very stressful if you come from any ethically responsible organization (especially regulatory) -- either public or private.

    This agency is under internal (IG) investigation for good reason -- the investigative reasons that make the press are only the tip of the iceberg.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the IG investigation is able to provide you with helpful input so you can make this a public service organization that applies ethical principles to promote innovation.


  6. "PEEP - good for making connections inside the PTO"

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    Former Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Extern in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn how to be an examiner without the stress. Perfect for making connections on the inside. Exposure to abbreviated patent training academy, prior art searching, and drafting office actions.

    Cons

    The spring externship is not as structured as the summer externship. You will not learn everything in the short amount of time.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, management should assign externs to a primary examiner who is on location and not hoteling. The accessibility would enhance the experience.


  7. "sweet"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Alexandria, VA

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

    Pros

    pretty cool stuff
    nice ppl
    get a long cool
    cool inventions
    flexible

    Cons

    metro
    everyone is to themselves
    not really interacting a lot

  8. Helpful (1)

    ""Good Experience""

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    Former Employee - Financial Clerk II (Contractor) in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Clerk II (Contractor) in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience

    Cons

    Government employees treated contractors like step-children


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Junior Patent Examiner"

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    Current Employee - Junior Patent Examiner in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Junior 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 a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, Good Telework Program, Semi-Autonomous work

    Cons

    Arbitrary Production Requirements, which results in constant work pressure to produce and high emphasis on production vs. quality.
    Very repetitive work


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Primary 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

    Pros

    Flexibilty, Average Salary, Less Politics

    Cons

    Huge workload, Constant Pressure, Not respectful to employee

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employee nicer


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