Monthly Archives

March 2021

McCoy Russell Top Patent Firm in USPTO Technology Center 3600

McCoy Russell was once again recognized as the top patent firm in Technology Center 3600 in terms of patent prosecution efficiency. This technology center examines applications related to transportation, electronic commerce, construction, agriculture, licensing and review.

While our expertise spans various areas of IP law, our success within this tech center is based on our team’s significant experience and technical background in relevant technologies, as well as our portfolio management and prosecution strategy. Further, we have integrated artificial intelligence and deep learning tools, developed in-house, into our practice to further maximize our effectiveness for our clients. Our deep bench of technology specialists work with our senior attorneys to create pro-active solutions and strong applications.

Our recognition as the top patent firm within Technology Center 3600, including top in Allowance Rates Rankings, solidifies the effectiveness of our unique collaborative approach to patent portfolio development.

Key Insights for Tech Entrepreneurs

John Russell will be providing “Key Insights: What every tech entrepreneur should know”  among notable speakers, Diane Fraiman, Managing Director at Voyager Capital, and Peter Buss, Partner at KBF CPAs LLP. This webinar will discuss what’s next for startups after receiving funding, patent limitations in software technology, and tax exemptions for small business.

John will share his unique insight into myths of software patenting to help participants make sense of somethings they may hear in the community. Is software patentable? Software applications have notoriously faced challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office due to Alice 101 rejections. McCoy Russell has developed and utilizes a highly successful approach which integrates searching, drafting and prosecution to be successful in overcoming Alice rejections.  

John’s strategies incorporate a portfolio based perspective that has helped start-up companies’ leverage their intellectual property to gain funding.

An Inclusive Approach for Innovation

McCoy Russell will be presenting “Funding in Connection with Women Inventorship” with PDXWIT and Thinkshout, register here. Attorneys Anna McCoy and Janina Malone will explore a multi-tiered approach to support organizations in enhancing women participation at all levels, including in brainstorming, invention submission, and beyond. As one of the few women-owned and managed patent firms handing a significant volume of patent matters, including the being the large patent firm in Oregon in terms of the number of issued utility and design patents, McCoy Russell brings a unique perspective to the issues.

The ability to protect innovation through patents is a key driver to obtaining funding, and statistics show that a significant gender gap still exists in both funding and inventorship even as women in technology or scientific fields continues to grow. While funding opportunities remain scarce (45% less funding per Boston Consulting Group), investors supporting women entrepreneurs have found a higher average ROI (10% higher).

We welcome you to join us on April 7th at 5 PM PT as we discuss an approach that incorporates company support, women actions, and investor awareness. They will address issues women face while seeking funding, how diversity in leadership teams lead to higher revenue for innovation, and strategies companies can implement to foster innovation.

McCoy Russell Welcomes Justin Wagner

PORTLAND, OR, March 23, 2021 // For Immediate Release
McCoy Russell welcomes Patent Attorney Justin Wagner to the firm.

Justin is an experienced patent attorney with over ten years of experience representing clients in various capacities in patent matters, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO, strategy development, patent appeals, patentability studies, validity, and infringement. He maintains an expansive expertise in electrical engineering and software development. Justin has drafted and prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of fields, including electrical systems, electronic components, medical devices, and enterprise software. He leverages his broad background to develop successful intellectual property strategies to ensure client innovations are protected. We welcome Justin to the McCoy Russell team and look forward to working together.

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]

AUTM Annual Conference

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Annual Conference is in full swing. This is the largest gathering of academic technology transfer professionals and among them is McCoy Russell Attorney, Justin Wagner. McCoy Russell has an active practice with various university technology transfer departments, as well as with various university partners including the National Institutes of Health, and has particular expertise with the unique issues of these clients.

This event provides partnership opportunities, educational resources, and opportunities to gain insight from VC panels and top experts.

Anna McCoy Recommended Expert in Trademarks

The World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for 2021 has launched. We are pleased to announce Partner Anna McCoy has been recognized and recommended for her expertise in Trademark matters.

While Anna maintains an active and successful patent prosecution practice. She is most known for her international trademark practice and has a special talent for protecting famous trademarks and protecting trade dress. Sources call her a “hands-on and prolific trademark lawyer with a great reputation and many loyal clients”.

McCoy Russell LLP congratulates Anna in the recognition of her work and the passion she pours into each matter.

McCoy Russell Celebrates International Women’s Day

Kirsty Gordon

McCoy Russell is a rare women-owned patent and technology-focused law firm based in Portland, Oregon.  We are celebrating International Women’s Day by sharing inspiring women in STEM fields, challenging the roadblocks women often encounter, and celebrating the advancements women have made in technology.

As an SBA certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB), our commitment to inclusion extends to the top levels of our management structure. A majority of our senior staff and supervisors are women, as well as half of our Technology Specialist staff. We advocate for approaches that encourage company support, women’s actions, and investor awareness to enhance women participation at all levels, as well as the advancement of women in STEM fields.

McCoy Russell has developed special training and awareness programs to help companies encourage and support women innovators and is available to consult company management on such issues.

Celebrating OHSU Invent-a-thon l Diversity Driving Innovation

In October 2020, the Inaugural OHSU Invent-a-thon, developed in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine and with support from more than 50 academic and industry partners, brought together hundreds of innovators world-wide to identify and tackle big problems in delivering medical care.

Participants and mentors, including our own Janina Malone, come from over 200 cities in 19 countries with varied background experience in areas like Health Care Provider, Writer/Media, Designer, Engineering, and Robotics. Increase in diversity leads to increased innovation and we cannot wait to see the novel solutions these innovators come up with to pitch this spring.