USPTO Announces New Trademark Rule

PORTLAND, OR, July 9, 2019// For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, July 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a new rule that requires all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) proceedings to be represented by a U.S.-licensed attorney in all trademark matters before the USPTO. This rule comes into effect starting August 3, 2019.

McCoy Russell is uniquely suited to assist in taking over representation of such cases in a cost effective manner. Please contact us at for any questions regarding the update as well as inquiries about pricing.



McCoy Russell LLP is a national ranked boutique, woman-owned, intellectual property law firm headed in Portland, Oregon and focused on the prosecution and development of patent and trademark portfolios. – Contact:

EPA Blanket Purchase Agreement

PORTLAND, OR, July 3, 2019// For Immediate Release:

McCoy Russell LLP selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide patent services.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has awarded five Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) to small businesses under Solicitation 68HERH19Q0029, where the BPAs allow Firm-Fixed-Price calls for Patent Services.  We are proud to announce that McCoy Russell LLP has been awarded one of the five highly sought-after BPAs.

TAO Autonomous Mobility Summit

Kathryn Chi and Katie Tallman of McCoy Russell recently attended the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) Autonomous Mobility Summit. They greatly enjoyed meeting local industry members and the discussion topics at the event. Please see their related blog post below:


Reaching for the Summit of Autonomous Mobility Technology

By Kathryn Chi and Katie Tallman

We recently had the opportunity to attend the Autonomous Mobility Summit, a meeting of field experts and stakeholders hosted by Technology Association of Oregon (TAO). The conference included representation everywhere from vehicle manufacturers to public utilities to policy stakeholders.

Though seemingly eclectic, this group shared the common goal of positioning Oregon to be a leader for next-generation mobility solutions. Conferences such as these are beneficial not only for uniting entities in a mission bigger than themselves but also to figure out what their niche is in the landscape as a whole. For example, from a business standpoint, technological redundancies can be avoided and companies can get a better sense of where technology is moving.

Moreover, by interfacing with others in this way, companies have the ability to anticipate where they will fit into that technological landscape in the future and coordinate their IP appropriately. In this way, companies not only get to contribute to innovative technology but also to protect intellectual investments along the way.

One interesting aspect of participating in an event such as the Autonomous Mobility Summit is that the technologies being presented and discussed are well established from an IP standpoint. Thus, the challenge is for companies to be forward thinking about how the technologies being discussed in the present will evolve in the short and long-term future.

From our standpoint, attending events such as these is an important investment. By being a part of these conversations, we are better able to serve our clients, as we are not only aware of where technology currently is at but also where it is going. Having an understanding of the way technology is developing, we are better equipped to increase the scope and value of each patent filing.

John Russell – Independently Rated Lawyer

Firm partner, John Russell, has been named an Acritas Star – Independently rated lawyer.

John was nominated by Shawn McClintic who has said,

“Over the years he has really earned my trust. He has been a very high value add to the team and the answer is driven by that seamless integration. I feel like he’s an extension of my team. I know that he doesn’t work for me directly, but the people in my team treat him as an employee of my company because he has became that embedded. High technical competence, he is an expert in the field, he has over 100 patents in his own name, and his domain knowledge on the technical side matches a high degree of domain knowledge on the legal side.”

Xiaohong Ding visits Beijing for AIPLA delegation

McCoy Russell attorney, Xiaohong Ding, has just arrived in Beijing for her AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) delegation trip. This is the third year in a row Xiaohong has had the honor of delegate on behalf of the IP Practice in China Committee of the AIPLA.

The Committee works to establish and maintain relations with professional societies in China whose members are interested in intellectual property law.  The Committee’s members study Chinese law and practice and report on issues of interest to the AIPLA Board of Directors and membership.  The Committee also provides information on US intellectual property law to any interested party in China, if called upon to do so. In addition, the Committee organizes these regular trips to China.

This trip begins in Beijing and then its on to Shenzhen where the delegates have an opportunity to learn of updates and changes in Chinese IP law from the CNIPA. Additionally, to visit and communicate with many of the companies in China about intellectual property.

Janina Malone wins Women in Law 2019

Senior Counsel, Janina Malone, was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2019 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution.

Janina was chosen based on some of her highlighted achievements over the last 18 months. This individual accolade was based awarded based on an evaluation of votes received from Lawyer Monthly readers, raising awareness in relation to equality and gender issues faced by women in the legal sector, amount of documented activity in 2018/2019 compared to peers, size of involvement within transactions, peer recognition, client care, and innovation.

Important Reversal obtained by McCoy Russell from the PTAB

McCoy Russell has won an important reversal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in Technology Center 3700. Our team, led by John Russell, battled improper rejections under Section 112 claiming the inventors lacked possession of the invention by the United States Patent Office and successfully convinced the PTAB to reverse the rejections on Appeal 2017-008486.

Attorney John Dawson joins McCoy Russell

PORTLAND, OR, June 12, 2019 // For Immediate Release


McCoy Russell is pleased to announce that John Dawson has joined the firm as a Patent Attorney effective June 3, 2019.

Mr. Dawson is a leading Patent Attorney with more than 20 years of experience practicing in Oregon.  Mr. Dawson has represented numerous prominent clients in protecting their intellectual property through both utility and design patents.  His practice also includes counseling clients in developing a patent portfolio strategy and navigating the IP landscape.  Mr. Dawson has extensive experience in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Mr. Dawson also has extensive experience managing patent portfolios having been a former managing partner at the Portland Office of Harness Dickey and Pierce as well as a senior associate at Banner & Witcoff. He additionally worked as a senior propulsion engineer at Boeing for 6 years.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dawson to our practice at McCoy Russell and look forward to utilizing his experience to expand the firm’s influence.




McCoy Russell LLP is a nationally ranked boutique, woman-owned, intellectual property law firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon and focused on the prosecution and development of patent and trademark portfolios. – Contact:

CourtCare and Multnomah Bar Association

McCoy Russell is happy to announce our sponsorship of Multnomah Bar Association fundraiser event, the Battle of the Lawyer Bands, for CourtCare.

Multnomah CourtCare is a project of the Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) which improves access to justice by making free, drop-in childcare available for families who have business at the court.

Our own McCoy Russell band, including John Russell, Frank Morton-Park, Cassandra Mercer, and Paul Focke, will be joined by fellow lawyer Nathan Holtey to compete in the Battle of the Bands.

Join us July 25, 2019 at Kennedy School – 5736 NE 33rd Ave, from 7:00-9:00pm. Where you can cheer us on and help support CourtCare with a suggested $10 donation.