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The Future of Intellectual Property

The fifth annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit was recently held with the goal to make the benefits of IP rights, as well as the issues surrounding them, more apparent to key audiences. The IP Awareness Summit™ is the only annual event that examines the impact of IP awareness on innovation, business and people – and the strategies for improving it. McCoy Russell attorney Justin Wagner was among the IP owners, educators, lawyers, organizations and investors that were able to join this event.

Topics addressed whether IP rights help or hinder diversity and entrepreneurship, what IP matters, the impact of ‘Virtual Property’ and IP’s role in maintaining an innovation edge. Other topics included the emerging relationship between IP rights and decentralized collaboration, and current IP developments in China. The keynote speaker discussed the importance of innovation literacy and turning imagination into reality.

Among the many valuable takeaways was a discussion about the importance of working to facilitate innovation, investment, and IP value as well as the inherent dangers in confusing anti-trust with anti-IP. Also important is the continued challenge of addressing the gender gap in the patent system. Justin and the other attorneys at McCoy Russell, a woman-owned business, are especially committed to helping foster a strong, inclusive patent system that encourages women innovators.

Thank You McCoy Russell Administrative Professionals

McCoy Russell was happy to celebrate Administrative Professionals’ Day. The firm held an event in the firm’s new collaboration work-space in Portland’s Pearl District where employees could show their appreciation for the amazing and talented administrative professionals that are a core part of McCoy Russell’s success. We are excited to celebrate our wonderful administrative professionals, thanking them for their dedication to our client’s invaluable intellectual property portfolios.

IP And Youth: Innovating For A Better Future

McCoy Russell is proud to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. This year’s theme is IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future.

World Intellectual Property Day 2022 is an opportunity for young people to find out how IP rights can support their goals, help transform their ideas into reality, generate income, create jobs and make a positive impact on the world around them. With IP rights, young people have access to some of the key tools they need to advance their ambitions.

McCoy Russell has substantial experience with academic and research institutions and their technology transfer offices. McCoy Russell provides specific support tailored to the unique challenges presented in academic and research environments pursuing technology commercialization. Our experience and strategic approach considers the full technology life cycle, from the evaluation stage to portfolio creation and development to licensing and post-grant proceedings. Visit our Technology Transfer Page (https://www.mccrus.com/techtransfer/) for more information about our expertise.

Happy Earth Day

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest In Our Planet”. As a cutting-edge IP firm, 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 taking action 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 are based in Oregon after all!

PTAB Pro Bono Program

McCoy Russell has an active and highly regarded appeal practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The firm has handled more than 300 PTAB appeals and has a win rate of over 85%, well above the national average.

However, many applicants cannot afford the costs of an appeal and end of abandoning their valuable intellectual property. As part of McCoy Russell’s program to give back to the community, the firm is volunteering to assist financially under-resourced inventors and small businesses in a new program specifically directed to appeals at the USPTO. Inventors and small businesses that meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria may be eligible to utilize expert appeal representation. Please see the USPTO’s PTAB Patent Pro Bono Program (https://www.uspto.gov/patents/basics/using-legal-services/pro-bono/patent-pro-bono-program#:~:text=The%20Patent%20Pro%20Bono%20Program,purpose%20of%20securing%20patent%20protection.).

McCoy Russell Congratulates Hannah Cooney-Voloshinov and the “Upbeats”

McCoy Russell congratulates Supervisor Hannah Cooney-Voloshinov and her 2004 state championship dance team (the “Upbeats”) on their recent induction into the Marshfield High Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Upbeats were selected first by 8 of the 9 state judges and they earned an SQS score of 89. This score is the highest score ever earned by a Marshfield Dance Team and one of the three top scores in the State of Oregon, all divisions, for 2004.

McCoy Russell Receives Another Appeal Success

McCoy Russell receives yet another full reversal decision on appeal in Tech Center 3600, where the technology of the invention relates to hybrid vehicles. Our team, led by John Russell, argued against the rejection of claims due to obviousness before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) leading to a full reversal. Read Appeal 2021-004358.

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 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.

McCoy Russell International Practice

Congratulations to the innovative companies recognized Lawyer’s Monthly Top 100 Global Innovators 2022, a third-party report that recognizes the organizations at the very pinnacle of the innovation ecosystem. McCoy Russell LLP is a nationally ranked, boutique intellectual property firm focused on portfolio development that is proud to help manage and develop the intellectual property portfolios for numerous organizations recognized as innovation leaders.

While McCoy Russell is recognized for our quality patent drafting and prosecution strategies, our firm’s model also drives other aspects of portfolio development beyond patent drafting and prosecution, including searching, landscape reviews, and targeted brainstorming. Our clients range from solo entrepreneurs to government institutions and multinational corporations. We also represent both emerging companies as well as companies with brands over 100 years old. These clients look to our firm’s expertise for branding and patent portfolio filings, strategy recommendations and portfolio development worldwide.

Anna McCoy Recognized in 2022 WTR 1000

McCoy Russell’s founding Partner Anna McCoy has been recognized by World Trademark Review (WTR) in WTR 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. The resource identifies the leading trademark practitioners and firms from around the globe. Her inclusion into this resource solidifies the approach we take to Well-known mark protection, trade dress and product configuration, and world-wide portfolio development and management, the cornerstones of McCoy Russell’s branding practice.

As a responsive and progressive portfolio development firm, we have a focused practice on branding development for its clients. McCoy Russell has established itself as a partner with its clients in developing strong branding rights serving start-ups to iconic brands.

Women at the PTAB

The PTAB Bar Association’s recent Report and Challenge: Women at the PTAB: Post-Grant Proceedings sheds light on the challenge for women attorneys appearing in PTAB proceedings since 2019.  While 20-30% of registered patent attorneys are women, only 12% are actually making PTAB appearances in 2021.

Women practicing patent law face numerous challenges when trying to develop a successful practice. Women-owned patent firms are at a double disadvantage – not only do their women attorneys face the constant challenge of proving their technical abilities, but also in having their firms hired in the competitive legal industry.

As a women-owned intellectual property firm, McCoy Russell has had to overcome numerous biases. Despite objective quality rankings including Top Patent Firm rankings in multiple Technology Centers at the USPTO for two years in a row (something no other patent firm in the country has achieved), some potential clients still do not look at our firm in the same was as a traditional patent firm dominated by male partners.

McCoy Russell actively examines and challenges the gender and minority gap within intellectual property law nationally, and locally in the West Coast community. We are proud to support our female-identifying attorneys in representing our clients before the PTAB, including in two recent PTAB cases where our attorneys successfully leveraged their work to obtain valuable outcomes for our clients.

McCoy Russell also works to provide education on organizational and individual remedies that both drive innovation and profitability and supports women and minorities.  We hope to see women increase their participation before the PTAB.