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December 2023

McCoy Russell 2023 in Review

McCoy Russell continues to solidify its standing as an elite boutique among intellectual property law firms in the US.

McCoy Russell saw significant successes in 2023 – below are some of the firm’s notable highlights:

McCoy Russell’s software arm, IroncrowAI, released its specialized AI LLM Sandbox that has achieved a score above the 70% threshold required to pass the patent bar exam.  While other researchers have developed tools to pass a state bar exam, none have developed a model that successfully passed the specialized patent bar exam administered by the USPTO.This remarkable feat showcases the innovative approach taken by McCoy Russell.

McCoy Russell also continues to top the charts on national patent prosecution quality and efficiency in both Technology Centers (TCs) 3600 and 3700 with recognition as the top performing patent firm in TC 3700 for a third year running by Juristat.

The firm continues its federal recognition by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) as a certified Women-Owned Small Business. After the firm’s review with Business Oregon Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID), the firm continues its certification as a Women-Owned Small Business at the state level.

McCoy Russell provide more experiences to developing attorneys and agents before the PTAB by leverage the USPTO’s LEAP Program.

Chambers USA 2023 again recognized McCoy Russell as one of the leading intellectual property firms in the USA, with its Attorneys Anna McCoy, John Russell, and Justin Wagner individually ranked. Further, Attorney Anna McCoy and John Russell were recognized by Super Lawyers for their practice in Oregon. The firm continues its recognition in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the practice area of Patent and Trademark Law in Oregon.

McCoy Russell strengthened its deep relationships with its network of trusted foreign associates in numerous jurisdictions including China, Europe, Japan, and South Korea through various international conferences including most recent INTA Annual Meeting in Singapore.

The McCoy Russell team worked incredibly hard, embracing its collaborative process and creating opportunities.  Our teams remained available to clients, but also to each other, working together and achieving more than if we stood alone. We hold a deep appreciation for our clients and staff, as the support of both have taken us far.

McCoy Russell looks forward to the upcoming year, with a focus on striving to be active listeners to create strategic innovations that make impactful differences in our communities’ experiences and lives. We will continue to innovate how our firm practices intellectual property law, pioneering solutions and structures to maximize the potential of our highly-skilled team to the benefit of our clients.

McCoy Russell LLP Celebrates Trademark Milestone

McCoy Russell LLP is thrilled to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Acceptance and Acknowledgement for the Declaration of Use and Affidavit of Incontestability for the trademark “MCCOY RUSSELL LLP” (Reg. No. 5,473,241).

This latest development underscores the firm’s commitment to excellence in the field of intellectual property law. The registration covers Class 45 services, specifically legal services involving the representation of clients in matters related to intellectual property law.

Trademark Registration Particulars:
Registration Number: 5,473,241
Class: Class 45
Services: Legal services, namely, representation of clients in intellectual property law matters

The Notice of Acceptance signifies not only the successful registration of McCoy Russell LLP’s trademark but also the recognition of the firm’s unwavering dedication to providing top-notch legal services in the realm of intellectual property. This milestone is a testament to the expertise and professionalism of McCoy Russell LLP’s trademark and branding specialty practice.

As McCoy Russell LLP continues to grow and excel, this trademark registration serves as a symbol of the firm’s dedication to providing exceptional legal services. The Notice of Acceptance is not just a legal formality; it is a reflection of McCoy Russell LLP’s ongoing commitment to diligence in serving clients in the realm of intellectual property law.

The firm looks forward to continuing its tradition of legal diligence and innovation in the field of intellectual property, and this latest achievement further solidifies McCoy Russell LLP’s position as a trusted legal partner for clients seeking expertise in intellectual property law matters.

USPTO Launches Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program

In a strategic move to support semiconductor innovation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program. Developed in support of the CHIPS for America program, this initiative aims to expedite the examination of qualifying utility patent applications, fostering research, development, and innovation in semiconductor manufacturing.
The Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program is specifically tailored to expedite the examination of patent applications focused on certain processes and apparatuses for manufacturing semiconductor devices. Qualifying non-provisional utility patent applications will be accorded special status, advancing out of turn for examination until a first action is taken. Notably, applicants are not required to meet the current criteria of either the accelerated examination program or the prioritized examination program to qualify for this unique initiative.

By expediting the process, the program aims to facilitate the swift introduction of key innovations to the market, thereby fortifying the nation’s supply chain. Vidal emphasized that the initiative is geared towards reducing dependence on foreign supplies of semiconductor chips, a critical component in various industries ranging from phones to automobiles.

The USPTO will commence accepting petitions to participate in the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program on December 1, 2023. The program is slated to run until December 2, 2024, or until the USPTO accepts 1,000 grantable petitions, whichever milestone is reached first. This timeline reflects a commitment to efficiency and expeditious processing, aligning with the overarching objectives of the CHIPS for America program.

McCoy Russell has seen significant success in the area of semi-conductor technologies with its prosecution staff having backgrounds across chemistry, electrical engineering, material sciences, and mechanical engineering. Contact us if you think we can be of assistance.

McCoy Russell End of Year

Recently, the firm held its Annual End of Year meeting. McCoy Russell’s firm-wide meeting is an opportunity to showcase the culmination of everyone’s efforts at firm, align goals for the next year, and thank the technical and legal administrative teams.

Following the Annual End of Year Meeting, McCoy Russell hosted a Karaoke Holiday event to celebrate a strong year! It was great to gather, cheer, and sing out the night.

McCoy Russell 2024 Best Law Firm

McCoy Russell continues to receive recognition from Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms in 2024 for the firm’s practice in Patent and Trademark Law in Oregon.

As a woman-owned firm that often flies under the radar, McCoy Russell remains at the forefront of intellectual property with its award winning trainings, elegant patent and trademark strategies, and focus in developing diverse intellectual property portfolios for its clients. Further, the firm takes an active role in developing technologies to support patent professionals in navigating and adapting to the USPTO procedure through its skunkworks project, Ironcrow AI.