Anna McCoy Ranked By Chambers & Partners

Chambers and Partners independently identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers globally, whether they are multi-national or boutique.

Their research for “Intellectual Property – Oregon” has led to listing one of our founding partners, Anna McCoy for their Ranked Lawyers in Oregon. Qualities like technical ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, and commitment among other criteria are assessed for this list. Anna maintains an active world-wide trademark practice for several famous brands.

As McCoy Russell continues to expand its practice, we hope to have the firm and more of its individual lawyers recognized among their peers in practice.

IP Funding Strategy: A Portfolio Based Perspective

McCoy Russell recently partnered with Portland State University Accelerator Program and provided a presentation entitled “IP Funding Strategy: A Portfolio-Based Perspective.” This interactive and educational program went over best practices in developing intellectual property strategies for emerging companies.

John Russell presented industry data showing that increased intellectual property is almost a necessity for securing funding in the technology space. John also gave tips on how emerging companies can internally track and develop their intellectual property when funding is most limited.

There are many factors to developing strong Intellectual Property, and it is something that emerging companies must consider if they are seeking funding.

McCoy Russell Earns Another Complete Reversal

McCoy Russell won another complete reversal by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) in the area of real-time control systems. Our team, led by John Russell, challenged the applicability of Ex parte Wu that the claimed invention was obviousness for eliminating a step from the prior art without any new function. After the oral hearing, the PTAB concluded that the rejections were erroneous and therefore reversed. See appeal 2017-009884.

Anna McCoy Welcomed as ChIPs Member

PORTLAND, OR, October 30, 2019 // For Immediate Release

Anna McCoy has been welcomed into ChIPs, Chiefs in Intellectual Property, as a member. The organization is open to women who hold a key position in corporations overseeing issues surrounding patents, copyrights, trademarks and other areas of law focused around innovation. They are a nonprofit that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy.

We look forward to engaging with the other women in this organization and those locally in their PNW chapter to further innovation along the ChIPsters’ Community.

Amazing Spirit

You could feel the fall spirit amongst McCoy Russell staff and families at the Corn Maize. The group gathered around a bonfire enjoying food and laughs before heading into the maze. The group worked together to successfully navigate the bigfoot themed maze, answering a variety of trivia questions for hints. It was a festive evening for the firm!

USPTO Open Patent Data Conference

The USPTO hosted a Patent Open Data Conference to promote the use and integration of patent information. John Russell was one of many great speakers among those invited from government, industry, tech, and law presenting their experience using patent data.

John gave insight into some methods attorneys can use patent data for streamlined patent prosecution. He addressed using the data such as office-wide statistics, group statistics, examiner statistics, etc. combined with outside factors.  John also discussed how examiner statistics can be misleading and if other factors are not properly balanced, can lead to more difficult prosecution.

For additional insight into navigating the USPTO, you can visit John’s personal blog where he shares the knowledge he’s accumulated over the years. Slides from this presentation can be found under his speaking engagements.

The Future of Digital Health and Wearables

McCoy Russell had the opportunity to partner with OHSU and Catalyze to help sponsor The Future of Digital Health and Wearables. This event brought together a diverse panel of individuals to share their perspectives on opportunities and challenges innovative health care technologies present. The panelists shared their thoughts on AI integration, data interpretation, and interoperability before opening up discussion to the audience.

McCoy Russell Attorney Janina Malone was one of the panelists and gave insight into this industry from an intellectual property perspective. She addressed issues concerning what innovations are protectable and strategic development of a company’s patent portfolio.  She discussed the importance of understanding your consumer at each stage, mapping out protectable innovation, and structuring claims with potential infringers in mind as part of a good patent strategy.

Overall the panel gave encompassing insight for those developing future innovations for digital health and wearables. McCoy Russell welcomes the opportunity to support discussions and protect future innovative technologies.

We appreciate our Bosses’

Happy Bosses’ Day! To show our appreciation for all that our partners do for the firm & staff, we shared in some of our favorite recipes potluck style. Gathering around an array of food was a fun celebration for the firm to share in. McCoy Russell is fortunate to have leadership that recognizes that their success is as much their teams as their own.

McCoy Russell Helps Those In Transition

A handful of McCoy Russell staff spent Friday evening helping those who are in need of support. The firm paired up with Transition Projects, to lend a hand to Doreen’s place. Doreen’s place is a residential shelter to help support adults (18+) who are experiencing homelessness regain stability. They offer a sober environment, safety off the street, and connections to housing and services.

The volunteers had the opportunity to prep, cook, and serve a full course dinner to the residents that evening. This humbling experience reminds us, at McCoy Russell, why we are adamant about giving back to the community we work and live in.