Congratulations to McCoy Russell client Slavisa who is an engineer, artist, avid cook, and inventor! Slavisa has launched his ingenious invention – the TurkeyStone (turkeystone.us.). One embodiment includes a beautiful ceramic piece that makes it easier and quicker to roast a whole bird while infusing it with your own special blend of flavors. We can’t wait to try it ourselves, and it looks to be the perfect way to get the holiday season started. Slavisa’s product has won numerous awards, including the global innovation award in the home and housewares section. McCoy Russell is happy to have played a role in protecting Slavisa’s idea and seeing his hard work bring the world some joy during these difficult holiday times.
McCoy Russell had an opportunity to volunteer in the OHSU invent-a-thon. This virtual event partnering with MIT Hacking Medicine and more than 20 academic industry partners, is a health care hackathon where participants will choose a specific problem within their track and work virtually within interdisciplinary teams to brainstorm and build a solution to this problem.
There were 750 participants registered representing 200 cities, 19 countries and 32 states. 145 ideas were pitched all aimed at taking our diverse experiences and problems encountered to advance the health care industry. This was a wonderful opportunity for McCoy Russell to be at the forefront of medical technologies and expanding our knowledge in how we can help protect and develop theses novel ideas.
Every business has been impacted by COVID-19 and its effects, but as an innovative law firm McCoy Russell is finding new ways to provide our clients with the quality and value they have come to expect. One area where the firm is innovating is in enabling, supporting, and improving remote work in the intellectual property realm. Here are some ways in which McCoy Russell is creating the future of intellectual property law and rising above the challenges that remote offices encounter.
Company Culture: We hold our company culture near and dear to our hearts. With remote work, we have had to find new ways to interact as a firm, including utilizing virtual happy hours and team meetings. We’ve also focused on ensuring employees get a chance to meet members from outside their team with new Wacky Wednesdays.
Training: McCoy Russell has received numerous accolades for its training programs, and remote work has tested those programs particularly for new employees. In particular, McCoy Russell has leveraged on-line video training that provides not only live interactive training, but has also established an archive of past video training sessions that employees can utilize and review at convenient times for them. This multi-pronged approach, which is combined with other well-established approaches, has actually enabled improved training in various areas.
Health: Some of our firm’s most appreciated benefits included an on-site relaxation room and various staff wellness initiatives such as on-site flu shot clinics. While COVID has put such benefits on the back-burner, we have continued to provide information to remote employees as to how they can help care for themselves in the remote work environment. This includes flyers with practical tips as to mindfulness and desk stretches that employees can utilize every day. Further, our focus on building and maintaining a community, even with everyone remotely located, has also been a positive impact on employee health and wellness. We have seen our teams step up in terms of accountability for their work, but also each other.
Our unique collaborative methods have not only survived the current pandemic, but have actually helped McCoy Russell rise to the challenges of remote work.