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February 2022

Quantifying Patent Quality

Quantifying patent quality is something many have sought. However, linking patent quality to a customizable array of metrics that enables real-time in-house review brings its own unique challenges. The software arm of McCoy Russell provides a solution – IRONCROW’s AI-based tool, N’Spec, is the first tool designed for in-house IP departments to manage quality of their portfolio.

Our patent application reviewing software was developed to improve patent application drafting and patent prosecution responses. It helps reduce errors that can reduce rejections by the USPTO. N’Spec employs state of the art machine learning algorithms to automate the tedious review process.

Our user friendly software greatly streamlines patent application drafting and review, and ensures patent applications are of the highest quality before being scrutinized by the USPTO. Some of our clients have been so impressed with it, that they have licensed it for their own use in-house.

McCoy Russell is constantly driving to find ways to be more efficient through the use of new technologies and tools. Our diverse team, with wide ranging backgrounds and experiences, is key to our ability to innovate and bring our clients patent solutions like no other.

For more information about N’Spec software or to request a demo, please email [email protected].

McCoy Russell Top Patent Firm in USPTO Technology Center 3600

For the second year running, McCoy Russell is recognized as the top patent firm in Technology Center 3600 (TC 3600) in terms of patent prosecution efficiency and quality. This tech center examines applications related to transportation, e-commerce, construction, agriculture, licensing and review. Some of the top filers in TC 3600 include Ford, IBM, Boeing, and Amazon.

Over the past year, McCoy Russell has increased the number of patents filed in this tech center (by 47%).

Our success is based on our team’s significant experience and technical background in relevant technologies, as well as our portfolio management and prosecution strategy, including a specialty practice to protection of AI and machine learning inventions across many industries. 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 TC 3600 solidifies the effectiveness of our strategies and unique collaborative approach to patent portfolio development.

If you are looking to up improve your portfolio in TC 3600, please contact us at [email protected].

McCoy Russell’s Quality Patent Drafting

As a small firm looking to make their mark in intellectual property law, McCoy Russell continues to gain recognition not only for the success of our patent prosecution strategies, but the quality of our patent applications.

McCoy Russell LLP has topped the 2021 charts on patent prosecution for quality and efficiency in both Technology Centers 3600 and 3700, according to Juristat[1]. Patent bots AI software read through 356 patents issued in the past year within Technology Center 3700 and calculated a quality of score of 99* in the drafting of our patents[2]. How does the firm achieve this stellar performance?

One facet is the level of review built into the firm’s processes that have been honed over the years. Starting more than 3 years ago, McCoy Russell implements a “360 Review” process that engages patent practitioners in the firm at all levels of experience. Every application drafted by the firm undergoes at least two, and usually three, levels of review – even if drafted by a senior patent attorney with more than 20 years of experience. This process is ever-adapting in order to keep up with the latest challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing patent prosecution landscape.

Another facet of McCoy Russell’s patent drafting and prosecution is in cooperation with its software arm – IronCrow IP – and includes the internal development of AI-based software for efficiently and effectively improving patent quality. We use our tool to automatically review every patent application we draft. Some of our clients have been so impressed with it, that they have licensed it for their own use in-house.

The core of our firm’s consistency in quality is our firm culture that continues to enable, support, and improve hybrd-remote work in the intellectual property realm. McCoy Russell cultivates our firm culture around collaboration, creating interactive cross-team training programs and staff wellness initiatives. Our unique collaborative methods have helped our firm find new ways to provide our clients with the quality and value they have come to expect.

[1] Tech Center 3600 and Tech Center 3700, McCoy Russell Tops The List
[2] Patent Bots computes quality scores based upon numbering errors, antecedent basis errors, and word support errors (words that don’t appear in the detailed description).