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August 2019

McCoy Russell Receives Further Certifications As A Women Business Enterprise

PORTLAND, OR, Aug. 23, 2019/ McCoy Russell has received certification as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) in Oregon. As of August 15, 2019 the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID) has confirmed the firm meets the state eligibility criteria as established in OAR 123-200-1000 – 2300. McCoy Russell will now be in the directory of certified firms and publicly available at the OR COBID website.

McCoy Russell Hosts Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca

PORTLAND, OR, Aug. 22, 2019/ McCoy Russell hosted Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca Wednesday August 21, 2019 at the firm’s office in downtown Portland. Cabeca was interested in receiving feedback related to local entities who are significant users of the U.S. Patent System. This was a great learning opportunity for all parties in attendance to further improve upon the relationship between companies seeking patent protection and the USPTO.

Cobots And Value Added Tasks

Collaborative robots (cobots) are designed to be easy to program and re-program, easily move between one facility location and another, and have a low upfront cost.  They are designed to work with, not replace humans.  At last week’s Coffee with Cobots, commercialization and partnership expert David McFeeters-Krone, in partnership with Oregon and Washington’s Manufacturers Extension Partnership programs and Bill Smart of Oregon State discussed the application of cobots to help expand the workforce and service the unmet needs created by the expected 2 million unfilled manufacturing job vacancies expected over the next ten years.  In under a minute, it was possible to program the cobots available at the meeting to execute simple tasks.  Oregon State has a charter to help local industry and is available to partner with local industries to establish a proof of concept for the use of these robots.  Do you have dangerous, dirty, dull or hard tasks at your facility? Consider how cobots can assist your manufacturing process and allow you to place your humans in more interesting and value-added tasks.


McCoy Russell is a leading firm in the intellectual property space around robotics, with significant experience in areas ranging from autonomous vehicles to cobots.  John Russell, one of the firm’s partners, completed his Master’s at the University of Californa, Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Lab that was at the forefront of human-assisting robots using force feedback control. Understanding current research and development on cobots and how facilities are using them allows us to help our clients obtain important patent protection for their business.  Besides, cobots are fun.

Written by: Janina Malone – 08/21/2019

John D. Russell – Best Lawyers in America

PORTLAND, OR, Aug. 21, 2019/ –McCoy Russell LLP is pleased to announce that John D. Russell has been selected for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Patent Law. John was also selected for inclusion in 2019 and 2018.



McCoy Russell LLP is a nationally ranked boutique, woman-owned, intellectual property law firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon and focused on the prosecution and development of patent and trademark portfolios.

Business Oregon and Health Technology Collaborative

A recent grant awarded by the Oregon Innovation Council of Business Oregon, makes possible a feasibility study to help the Health Technology Collaborative (HTC) discover what is needed to create a healthcare specific “invention space” that will accelerate health technology development within the state of Oregon. The study has been broadly endorsed among Oregon’s tech sector, including letters of support on behalf of the HTC from the Portland Incubator Experiment, Oregon Bioscience Incubator, Oregon Translational Research and Development Institute, Portland Community College’s Science and Technology Division, and Intel’s IoT Group Health Business Unit.

McCoy Russell was pleased to participate in a focus group as part of the feasibility study. The HTC is utilizing these focus groups to connect with health technology leaders across the state of Oregon. Approximately 36% of these interviews have been conducted with women in tech and as a women-owned firm, we were happy to assist in providing additional expertise as to what will be needed to create this new healthcare specific “invention space.”

The Health Technology Inventor Space will be a lab-like facility where healthcare product innovators, practitioners, students and entrepreneurs can bring their ideas, questions or product prototypes to engage in iterative development. The lab will offer industry expertise, software tools, refinement capabilities, testing, and professional prototyping equipment that can ultimately decrease the time between iterations, ensure compatibility with regulatory and data standards, and allow for cross-platform device checking and graphical/human interface validation.

From our standpoint, participating in forums such as these is an important investment. We have been listening to our Oregon clients, hearing what their friction points are in product development and what services they have had difficulty locating. By being a part of these conversations, we are better able to assist our clients in acquiring the resources they need to succeed, increasing their ability to develop the products they envision and thereby increasing the scope and value of each patent filing.

Written by: Janina Malone – 08/16/2019

Attorney Ashley Couch joins McCoy Russell

PORTLAND, OR, August 8, 2019 // For Immediate Release


McCoy Russell is pleased to announce that Ashley Couch has joined the firm as a Trademark Attorney effective July 23, 2019.

Ms. Couch is a leading attorney with more than 10 years of experience practicing in Georgia and Tennessee.  Ms. Couch has represented numerous prominent clients in a variety of legal practice areas including entertainment, intellectual property, corporate, and litigation. Her practice also includes having served as counsel supporting original and documentary content productions, music licensing, agreements with touring artists and professional athletes for live events, and brand sponsorship deals with international brands.

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Couch to our practice at McCoy Russell and look forward to utilizing her experience to expand the firm’s influence.




McCoy Russell LLP is a nationally ranked boutique, woman-owned, intellectual property law firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon and focused on the prosecution and development of patent and trademark portfolios. – Contact: [email protected]