Patent Agent Kathryn Chi LEAP Participant in Oral Hearing

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 respond to questioning from the Board.

Congratulations to Kat for her successful participation in the LEAP program.

McCoy Russell One of The Largest Women-Owned Businesses in Oregon & S.W. Washington

McCoy Russell is ranked the 11th largest women-owned business in Oregon and S.W. Washington according to Portland Business Journal.

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.

John Russell inclusion in IAM Strategy – The World’s Leading IP Strategists

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John Russell is among an elite group of IP professionals throughout the globe selected for inclusion in IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.  John heads McCoy Russell LLP’s patent prosecution and appeal practice and has been developing winning patent drafting and prosecution strategies for more than 20 years.  He also runs the nation’s leading patent prosecution blog –, which discusses patent prosecution issues from a practical perspective.  His inclusion in IAM Strategy 300 cements his position in the field and the respect McCoy Russell LLP has gained over the years.

After searching for patent prosecution strategies on-line and finding the available resources lacking, he started one of the most popular patent prosecution blogs available, John knew there were others in the community that could benefit from a forum where prosecution strategies are discussed in terms of their practical applications and real-world effects.  This blog continues to have no paid advertising, and is fully supported by his personal involvement.

“My singular career objective is to be an innovator in developing effective intellectual property strategies.” says John, “I believe the unique ingredients that lead to success in this field include being active in thought leadership and the innovation community, immersive engagement with clients and the intellectual property challenges facing them, and the ability to think outside the box in how to marshal resources and forge new paths.”

John currently represents clients in a variety of patent matters, utilizing his experience to refine and advance innovative strategies to develop an intellectual property portfolio for the firm’s clients.  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.  Strategies he’s developed at McCoy Russell, including leading portfolio development brainstorming and overseeing prosecution strategy, have generated valuable portfolios for clients including portfolios that have generated millions in licensing revenue or stopped a competitive from entering the market altogether.


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 Provides Insight For USPTO

As part of McCoy Russell LLP’s active engagement in the patent community, attorneys from the firm met with USPTO Director Wayne Stacy, Director of Silicon Valley Regional Office, to provide input from innovators and entrepreneurs in the West Coast region.  The topics ranged from remote appeal hearings to design patent practice to the challenges of women and other under-represented inventor groups.  This was a great opportunity for all parties in attendance to further improve upon the relationship between those seeking patent protection and the USPTO.

USPTO releases updated study on US Women Inventor-Patentees

Recently the USPTO released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees”. By looking at the number and share of new women inventor-patentees and degree to which those women remain active by patenting again within the next five years, these trends provide further insights into the participation of women in the U.S. intellectual property process.

The report findings show that more women are entering and staying active in the patent system. Bringing new women into the patent system is one of the most important channels for expanding women’s participation as inventor-patentees. However, while there has been a slow increase in the number of patents with at least one woman inventor this increase is still substantially lower than other benchmarks of women in innovation including levels of education and employment as scientists and engineers.

McCoy Russell has also followed these trends and has presented on “Funding in Connection with Women Inventorship” offering a multi-tiered approach as a solution to increase patent filings, funding, and participation from women inventors. This approach incorporates company support, women actions, and investor awareness to enhance women participation at all levels, including brainstorming, invention submission, etc. McKinsey & Company’s study of 1000 companies in 12 countries found that organizations in the top 25% when it comes to gender diversity among executive leadership teams were more like to outperform on profitability and value creation (2018). As the largest women-owned intellectual property firm in the US, McCoy Russell aims to protect innovation through patents and hopes to see more female inventors named on them.

McCoy Russell Receives Another Complete Appeal Reversal

McCoy Russell has received yet another complete appeal reversal in the area of fluid handling systems. Our team, led to success by John Russell, dexterously navigated this case through three examiner re-openings and responses to appeal briefs. Our arguments showed that the evidence presented by the examiners failed to support the rejection of those claims and the PTAB reversed all rejections on Appeal 2018-005828.

This case is another example of McCoy Russell’s effectiveness with our holistic patent prosecution strategies.

McCoy Russell Contributes To AJGA’s Ace Grant Program

McCoy Russell LLP continues its community outreach by supporting the AJGA Dana Incorporated Junior Open. The 2020 proceeds will benefit the AJGA’s ACE Grant Program in addition to Special Olympics. The Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant provides financial assistance to young men and women who aspire to earn a sports scholarship.

We wish all the best to those who are participating in this upcoming tournament.