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March 2018

McCoy Russell obtains reversal by the PTAB

McCoy Russell LLP obtains another reversal by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) in the area of battery system control. Our team, led by John Russell, battled improper rejections by the United States Patent Office and participated in oral proceedings in San Jose to convince the PTAB that the invention was non-obvious. See Appeal 2017-000594.

McCoy Russell Hosts Roundtable at INTA

McCoy Russell LLP hosted a roundtable for INTA (International Trademark Association) on due diligence and trademark transactions.  IP due diligence, the process of analyzing the value of and risks associated with IP and IT asserts, is an important part of any transaction. The discussion focused on a myriad of issues regarding preparing for and conducting due diligence for trademark portfolios. Participants discussed issues that arise during the due diligence process and their experiences resolving such issues. INTA roundtables are two-hour discussions on current trademark topics that occur frequently at locations around the world. The roundtables are an excellent way to share ideas and tips with peers, network, and gain valuable knowledge on current trademark issues.

McCoy Russell Staff and Families Volunteer

March brought the first opportunity of the year to get outside and help keep our community clean; volunteers from McCoy Russell and their families spent the morning of St. Patrick’s Day at Terwilliger Parkway to work on restoring the urban forest for hikers, runners and community members. They focused on native planting to help keep the area natural for both plants and wildlife.

Japanese Patent Office reverse’s Examiner’s rejections

McCoy Russell attorneys take a strategic view to managing an international portfolio, and sometimes that requires selective use of foreign and domestic appeals. Our team recently led an appeal for one of our clients’ Japanese patents and we are pleased that the Patent Judges at the Japanese Patent Office reversed all of the Examiner’s rejections, confirming the patentability of the claims. The case is Japanese Patent Application No. 2014-530932 and relates to optical systems for fiber curing.

Anna McCoy speaks at Lewis & Clark Law School

On International Women’s Day, our own B. Anna McCoy was honored to speak at the “Lawyer Entrepreneurs” program at Lewis & Clark Law School. As the only woman on the panel, she brought a unique perspective to a cross-section of two industries (law and technology start-ups) looking to improve their diversity and inclusion.