The Intellectual Property Awareness Summit begins today. This virtual gathering of international IP owners, educators, lawyers, students, organizations and investors aims to explore ways to make IP rights as well as the benefits to audiences. We are pleased McCoy Russell Attorney, Justin Wagner, is among them. McCoy Russell aims to be at the forefront of thought leadership and to get more folks involved in intellectual property.
While McCoy Russell LLP’s offices remained closed to the public and continues to operate as a tele-working office, we are happy to be building out our new headquarters in the heart of the Pearl in the former American Chicle Building. Specifically, the firm is working with DIRTT and their building technology to minimize the impact of our Office build-out while allowing us to reuse or repurpose our office furniture in the future.
We want to make the most of our office space, and its natural lighting, to create a collaborative space that enables a collaborative space for in-person interaction, while maintaining flexibility for employees to work from home and reduce commuting. Our paperless office is within walking distance of various transit options, a plethora of unique eateries and boutique businesses, and even grocery stores with locally scoured food and supplies. This enables our staff to walk to get whatever they may need, further reducing our environmental impact.
McCoy Russell has a strong practice in the Green Technology space, including helping our clients protect innovations in areas such as reducing vehicle emissions, improving batteries to enable electrification, improving energy storage in the grid, reducing volatile organic compounds in footwear and apparel, and many more. We want to carry the theme of reducing the environmental impact through to our work. We want to utilize our expertise to not only help our clients develop a strategic IP portfolio, but advance businesses that will make an impact on our environment – we do live in Oregon after all!
Congratulations to McCoy Russell client, Centrix Inc. on a recent ruling regarding their free-spin temporary fasteners. According to a ruling handed down on March 25th by His Honour Judge Hacon in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the Centrix fasteners do not infringe Kwikbolt Ltd.’s patent in the United Kingdom.
In the case of Kwikbolt Ltd v Airbus Operations Ltd., Kwikbolt had sued Airbus Operations Limited, a large user of Centrix temporary fasteners, alleging infringement of their patent. The judge ruled against Kwikbolt and held that Centrix’s temporary fasteners patented design did not infringe.
Centrix provides not just industry-leading high-quality innovative products but is also dedicated to support its customers worldwide, as this case has shown.
While our practice spans all areas of IP law, we have seen significant success within technologies relating to mechanical engineering.
It’s our unique holistic approach to patent strategy and our collaborative model, including strategic and coordinated use of interviewing, restriction responses, petitions, and appeals has helped our firm, and our client’s IP, rise to the top. As just one example, over the course of 2020, we had a significant number of PTAB appeal decisions with a success rate well over 90%.