Congratulations to firm client ESS Technology, Inc. for their recognition by the American Chemical Society (ACS). ESS was selected as part of the Chemical & Engineering News summary on the most promising companies chasing the electric-vehicle and grid-storage batteries of the future. ACS specifically called out ESS’s pioneering patent in the field of long-duration flow batteries – “Redox and plating electrode systems for an all-iron hybrid flow battery” (US Patent 9,614,244), which is one of many in their portfolio. McCoy Russell is honored to have assisted in helping ESS develop its portfolio.
Congratulations to McCoy Russell client Slavisa who is an engineer, artist, avid cook, and inventor! Slavisa has launched his ingenious invention – the TurkeyStone (turkeystone.us.). One embodiment includes a beautiful ceramic piece that makes it easier and quicker to roast a whole bird while infusing it with your own special blend of flavors. We can’t wait to try it ourselves, and it looks to be the perfect way to get the holiday season started. Slavisa’s product has won numerous awards, including the global innovation award in the home and housewares section. McCoy Russell is happy to have played a role in protecting Slavisa’s idea and seeing his hard work bring the world some joy during these difficult holiday times.
McCoy Russell had an opportunity to volunteer in the OHSU invent-a-thon. This virtual event partnering with MIT Hacking Medicine and more than 20 academic industry partners, is a health care hackathon where participants will choose a specific problem within their track and work virtually within interdisciplinary teams to brainstorm and build a solution to this problem.
There were 750 participants registered representing 200 cities, 19 countries and 32 states. 145 ideas were pitched all aimed at taking our diverse experiences and problems encountered to advance the health care industry. This was a wonderful opportunity for McCoy Russell to be at the forefront of medical technologies and expanding our knowledge in how we can help protect and develop theses novel ideas.
Every business has been impacted by COVID-19 and its effects, but as an innovative law firm McCoy Russell is finding new ways to provide our clients with the quality and value they have come to expect. One area where the firm is innovating is in enabling, supporting, and improving remote work in the intellectual property realm. Here are some ways in which McCoy Russell is creating the future of intellectual property law and rising above the challenges that remote offices encounter.
Company Culture: We hold our company culture near and dear to our hearts. With remote work, we have had to find new ways to interact as a firm, including utilizing virtual happy hours and team meetings. We’ve also focused on ensuring employees get a chance to meet members from outside their team with new Wacky Wednesdays.
Training: McCoy Russell has received numerous accolades for its training programs, and remote work has tested those programs particularly for new employees. In particular, McCoy Russell has leveraged on-line video training that provides not only live interactive training, but has also established an archive of past video training sessions that employees can utilize and review at convenient times for them. This multi-pronged approach, which is combined with other well-established approaches, has actually enabled improved training in various areas.
Health: Some of our firm’s most appreciated benefits included an on-site relaxation room and various staff wellness initiatives such as on-site flu shot clinics. While COVID has put such benefits on the back-burner, we have continued to provide information to remote employees as to how they can help care for themselves in the remote work environment. This includes flyers with practical tips as to mindfulness and desk stretches that employees can utilize every day. Further, our focus on building and maintaining a community, even with everyone remotely located, has also been a positive impact on employee health and wellness. We have seen our teams step up in terms of accountability for their work, but also each other.
Our unique collaborative methods have not only survived the current pandemic, but have actually helped McCoy Russell rise to the challenges of remote work.
Continuing to support women’s advancement in the technology industry, Senior Attorney Janina Malone participated in PDX Women in Technology’s Get Hired Up Virtual Event. How we interview is changing. This virtual event was a wonderful opportunity to help those seeking new opportunities gain practice through mock interviews and resume review. This opportunity helps women, non-binary folks and allies feel confident in their skills and how to best highlight them in this very competitive industry.
Senior Attorney Janina Malone recently moderated symptom management, breast cancer, and brain cancer sessions in the Answer2Cancer’s virtual event. Each session was about 30 minutes long, some topics had multiple sessions as they are set up to engage with patients. Janina’s background in law and biology helps her understand some of the hurdles that medical development and patients may encounter to help keep the conversation moving. Allowing patients to gain the most from these sessions.
Answer2Cancer is an innovative and patient-centric and patient-facing initiative. Simply, it is a virtual/online patient education summit planned by cancer patients for cancer patients, families and caregivers. And, all clinical content is vetted through oncology specialists and advanced care providers here in Portland.
John Russell is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for the third year in a row. This peer-review survey has recognized his high caliber of work in the practice area of Patent Law. His dedication to developing and success in implementation of patent prosecution strategies has led to high esteem among his peers in the intellectual property community.
To help McCoy Russell to maintain its national leadership position in patent prosecution, our practitioners utilize the USPTO’s LEAP program (Legal Experience and Advancement Program) in select cases to enable practitioners to gain key appeal experience early in their career. LEAP encourages professional development through increased opportunities for oral advocacy at the PTAB and grants up to 15 minutes additional argument time.
McCoy Russell’s collaborative patent prosecution model is perfectly situated to take advantage of the LEAP program and recently our own Kathryn Chi was given the opportunity to participate with John Russell in her first oral hearing at the PTAB. As a LEAP practitioner she had the opportunity to present arguments and responds to questioning from the Board.
Congratulations to Kat for her successful participation in the LEAP program.
McCoy Russell is a women-owned technology-focused law firm that often flies under the radar. Our unique firm model has led it numerous national rankings for quality and effectiveness in the area of intellectual property preparation, prosecution, and development.
Anna McCoy is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for the fourth year in a row. This peer-review survey has recognized her high caliber of work in the practice area of Trademark Law. Her dedication to client service, diligence, commitment, and overall technical ability makes her stand out among her peers.