As we know, a patent grants a monopoly for some period. I've been reviewing patent applications. It appears that typically only one patent examiner reads the application. It seems problematic that there is a single, potentially unqualified patent examiner reviewing my application.
My question: How does the patent office assign examiners? How do we know that the patent examiner knows anything about the field that the patent is in? For example, a highly technical field may require very specialized knowledge.