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Anna McCoy Once Again Recognized as Leading Lawyer

Anna McCoy, Founding Partner at McCoy Russell, has yet again been recognized as a leading lawyer in intellectual property in Chambers USA 2021. She is renowned for her international trademark practice and highly regarded for her patent prosecution practice.

Chambers notes an excerpt from their research stating, “… Anna provides an excellent level of service, helping us successfully address significant queries from the patent office, and I would strongly recommend her.” “She handles significant portfolios and is a considerable player in the market.”

We are pleased that Anna continues to be recognized for her passion and dedication within intellectual property law. Her vision continues take McCoy Russell’s legal practice to new heights.

McCoy Russell Receives Full Reversal

McCoy Russell has received another full reversal in USPTO Tech Center 1700. Our client’s patent application relates to the fields of Chemical and Materials Engineering, and in particular to lithium transition metal phosphate materials for batteries. Our team presented arguments disputing claims of obviousness by the Patent Office and was successful in completely reversing all grounds of rejection. Read the details of Appeal 2020-004082.

McCoy Russell Recognized As Leading Law Firm

McCoy Russell has been recognized in Chambers USA 2021 as one of the leading intellectual property firms in the USA. A women-owned technology-focused law firm that often flies under the radar, our inclusion into this guide is a testament to our firm’s holistic approach and collaborative model.

Chambers USA rankings are based off in-depth market analysis and independent research, working with firms of all sizes. You may read more about their methodology at their site linked here.

McCoy Russell is creating the future of intellectual property law, rising above the challenges of the ever-changing landscape. We take innovation seriously, and we combine a unique blend of technology and portfolio development expertise to generate integrated strategies for elegant, high-quality patent and trademark solutions.

McCoy Russell’s 360 Review Process Key to Quality Rankings

As announced last month, for the second year in a row, McCoy Russell LLP topped the charts on patent prosecution quality and efficiency in both Technology Centers 3600 and 3700 – something no other firm has been able to achieve.  How does the firm achieve this stellar performance?

One answer 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 enables practitioners at every level to up their game, and even enables practitioners in training to contribute substantively to raising the quality of application drafting.  McCoy Russell’s 360 Review process is ever-adapting in order to keep up with the latest challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing patent prosecution landscape.

Sustainable Practice

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!

Judge Finds Airbus Operations Ltd Patent Not Infringed

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.

McCoy Russell Top Patent Firm in USPTO Technology Center 3700

McCoy Russell has once again been recognized as the top performing patent firm in Technology Center 3700. This technology center patents relate to mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and products.

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%.

McCoy Russell Top Patent Firm in USPTO Technology Center 3600

McCoy Russell was once again recognized as the top patent firm in Technology Center 3600 in terms of patent prosecution efficiency. This technology center examines applications related to transportation, electronic commerce, construction, agriculture, licensing and review.

While our expertise spans various areas of IP law, our success within this tech center is based on our team’s significant experience and technical background in relevant technologies, as well as our portfolio management and prosecution strategy. 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 Technology Center 3600, including top in Allowance Rates Rankings, solidifies the effectiveness of our unique collaborative approach to patent portfolio development.

Key Insights for Tech Entrepreneurs

John Russell will be providing “Key Insights: What every tech entrepreneur should know”  among notable speakers, Diane Fraiman, Managing Director at Voyager Capital, and Peter Buss, Partner at KBF CPAs LLP. This webinar will discuss what’s next for startups after receiving funding, patent limitations in software technology, and tax exemptions for small business.

John will share his unique insight into myths of software patenting to help participants make sense of somethings they may hear in the community. Is software patentable? Software applications have notoriously faced challenges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office due to Alice 101 rejections. McCoy Russell has developed and utilizes a highly successful approach which integrates searching, drafting and prosecution to be successful in overcoming Alice rejections.  

John’s strategies incorporate a portfolio based perspective that has helped start-up companies’ leverage their intellectual property to gain funding.