I work in a small patent firm in Washington, DC.
I and the other associates at the firm do not bill by the hour.
Rather, the firm charges a fixed fee for responding to office actions, notice of appeals, appeal briefs, etc.
I guess the firm bills their clients a fixed fee because that's what the trend seems to be going towards for patent prosecution.
I honestly feel like I'm being under paid for the quality and amount of work I produce.
This is one of the reasons why I would like to get everyone's insight on whether being a Patent Examiner is better than my current job.
Thanks for the responses.