McCoy Russell Participate in OPLA’s First Roundtable

Congratulations to Oregon Patent Law Association for hosting their first Round Table, which focused on patenting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This round table event was a great opportunity to collaborate and engage with folks in the community both in Portland and those who joined from out of town. Thank you to those who participated including support from Klarquist Sparkman, McCoy Russell, Miller Nash, Digimarc, McCabe Ali Law, Ganz Law, Mitchell IP, Greenberg & Lieberman, Newman Law Offices, Daimer Industries, SharpLabs, Data Logic, Mentor, and Passive Logic.

A special thanks to Wes Nicholson, OPLA’s President and McCoy Russell Attorney, for putting together and hosting the Round Table discussion.

John Russell Once Again Recognized in IAM Strategy – The World’s Leading IP Strategists

PORTLAND, OR, September 8, 2021/

John Russell remains among an elite group of IP professionals selected throughout the globe for inclusion in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists. While maintaining an active practice, he continues to foster community through thought leadership via his patent prosecution blog –, which discusses patent prosecution issues from a practical perspective. His continued inclusion in IAM Strategy 300 cements his position in the field and the respect McCoy Russell LLP has gained over the years.

John’s innovative leadership at McCoy Russell has helped the firm be a leader in supporting and improving remote work in the intellectual property realm. He maintains a leading role in the firm’s unique collaborative model that utilizes patent attorneys and agents with an in-house technical staff to leverage not only legal and strategy expertise, but also technical expertise and experience. This has been paramount in finding new ways to provide clients with the quality and value they have come to expect.

“An important way to serve the innovators in our society is to raise the level of expertise in all patent prosecution professionals.”

Cultivating a sense of community through, John’s passion for all things intellectual property is front and center. He provides prosecution strategies discussed in terms of their practical applications, insight into real-world effects, and critiques arguments to further perspectives for other practitioners to gain insight into navigating the USPTO. This blog continues to have no paid advertising, and is fully supported by his personal involvement.


The IAM Strategy 300 “identifies the individuals who are leading the way in the development and implementation of strategies that maximize the value of IP portfolios.” Strategists are chosen through confidential nominations and an extensive research process.

McCoy Russell Congratulates Ellen Sheedy from KEEN

McCoy Russell extends their congratulations to Ellen Sheedy for her recognition by Vanguard magazine on her highly successful legal career at KEEN. As one of our long time clients, we’ve been honored to support KEEN ‘s commitment to corporate responsibility in sustainable manufacturing and connecting people to the outdoors.

“Everything we do is focused on minimizing the impact to the environment” says Sheedy.

You may read more about Ellen’s career in Vanguard Summer 2021 Edition, here.

John Russell Recognized as a Super Lawyer

We are pleased to announce that John Russell has been recognized as a 2021 Oregon Super Lawyer for the second year in a row. Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Oregon via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Only 5% of attorneys in Oregon receive this distinction.

John maintains a leading role in the firm’s unique collaborative model that utilizes patent attorneys and agents with in-house technical specialists to leverage not only legal and strategy expertise, but also technical expertise and experience.  John practices at the forefront of IP law, including leading portfolio development brainstorming and overseeing prosecution strategy.  John has led the development of numerous valuable portfolios for clients including portfolios that have generated millions in licensing revenue or stopped a competitor from entering the market altogether.

John’s continued inclusion into this list is a testament to his passion for intellectual property law and the recognition of McCoy Russell LLP’s highly effective and advanced portfolio development approach.

McCoy Russell Top Patent Law Firm

McCoy Russell LLP is pleased to be recognized as one of the Top Patent Law Firms for 2021 within Patexia’s Third Annual Patent Prosecution Intelligence Report.

To come up with their rankings, Patexia analyzed and reviewed various metrics including filing activity, the pendency of applications, number of extensions requested, number of office actions, allowance rate, changes in the claim language and length of the claims in three different areas: high-tech, bio-tech, as well as overall.

While McCoy Russell’s expertise spans various areas of IP law, our success 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.

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.