John Russell Selected for Super Lawyers 2020

For Immediate Release —

PORTLAND, OR, July 7, 2020/

John Russell has been selected for Super Lawyers 2020 in Oregon. Selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013, his selection for Super Lawyers 2020 shows not only his passion for intellectual property law, but the community’s recognition of McCoy Russell LLP’s highly effective and advanced portfolio development approach.

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Oregon via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. Attorneys are invited to nominate the top lawyers they have personally observed in action, whether as opposing counsel, co-counsel, or through other firsthand observation in the courtroom.


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.

McCoy Russell Awarded NIH Patent Contract

For Immediate Release —

PORTLAND, OR, May 21, 2019/

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected McCoy Russell, a preeminent women-owned intellectual property boutique law firm based on the West Coast, to provide biotechnology patent legal services under a ten-year contract.

The NIH is a U.S. governmental agency that conducts research related to health and is the largest biomedical research agency in the world, investing billions every year in medical research. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The inventions developed by the NIH have led to thousands of patent applications, with many licensed to industry and impacting the lives of millions.

McCoy Russell is one of a small, select, group of firms authorized to provide patent legal services to the NIH. “The NIH is one of the most selective patent filers in the area of biotechnology and we are humbled to have been selected to work with their world-leading inventors to advance new technologies that will impact peoples’ lives,” said Anna McCoy, founding partner at McCoy Russell LLP and one of the leaders of the firm’s biotechnology practice.

A women-owned technology-focused law firm that often flies under the radar, McCoy Russell’s unique firm model has led to numerous national rankings for quality and effectiveness in the area of intellectual property preparation, prosecution, and development.


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.

USPTO Prioritized Examination Pilot Program for small and micro entities

Recently the USPTO announced a new Prioritized Examination Pilot Program to help small and micro entities. Under this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to patent applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination.

This program hopes to assist small independent inventors and small business that may be developing important and potential life-saving treatments. To qualify for the new program, the claims of an application must cover a product or process that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19. To get more information, please visit the USPTO Federal Register Notice for more information.

McCoy Russell remains fully operational and available to clients via phone, email, and video conference to assist navigating the USPTO.

McCoy Russell Ranked IP Star 2020

The latest firm rankings for IP Stars has been released and McCoy Russell is pleased to announce our firm’s inclusion. Further esteem goes to founding partner Anna McCoy who is individually recognized as a “Trademark star 2020” in Oregon.

IP Stars research analysts obtain information from thousands of firms, IP practitioners and their clients through interviews, email and online surveys. Aspects assessed for the firm rankings include expertise, workload, market reputation, track record, outcomes achieved for clients, and unique strengths in a given practice area.

McCoy Russell has specific expertise in developing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications with a portfolio-based strategic approach. This strategic approach is distinct in that the firm has established specific processes to improve and ensure high quality drafting and prosecution of applications with a strategic focus.

Oregon Bioscience Incubator Advisor

McCoy Russell remains dedicated to supporting the development of the biotechnology community. Attorney Janina Malone will be an advisor for local entrepreneurs of biotech companies. Her expertise help these biotech companies develop a strong intellectual property strategy. A good strategy will enable these entrepreneurs to protect their technology and continue developing their business when funding may be at its most limited.

We Celebrate Inventors

May is Inventor Month celebrating invention and creativity and encouraging those who innovate and create to keep working on their ideas. A good IP strategy can help protect inventors’ ideas and help those individuals access the resources needed to realize their idea. The field of intellectual property is a celebration of inventors and their novel ideas, whether their patents are improvements on previous designs or a completely new approach. McCoy Russell celebrates the creativity of inventors who bring something to the world that we didn’t know we needed.

McCoy Russell Advances Biotechnology Practice

McCoy Russell continues to advance our biotechnology practice. As active members in the biotechnology community, we continue to broaden our technical expertise and provide forward-thinking thought leadership and patent counsel in the biotech field.

A strong intellectual property program is essential to any organization and the protection of their novel ideas. Many companies that develop Artificial intelligence (A/I) and Machine Learning (M/L) to integrate within their technology receive Alice rejections. A strong patent prosecution strategy can help overcome those rejections. McyCoy Russell has the second highest Alice Allowance Rate, according to Juristat.

We hope to continue partnering with organizations that push biotechnology development forward and encourage emerging entrepreneurs to develop strategies to protect their intellectual property.

Chambers and Partners 2020

Chambers and Partners USA 2020 rankings were recently released. This researched ranking independently identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers globally, whether they are multi-national or boutique.

Once again, their research for “Intellectual Property – Oregon” has listed Partner Anna McCoy for one of their Ranked Lawyers for her handling of various trademark and patent issues, such as licensing, prosecution and design. Anna is known internationally for her trademark practice which takes a holistic approach to intellectual property portfolio development.

We Appreciate Our Admin

Yesterday, McCoy Russell celebrated Administrative Professionals Day with a message to all staff thanking them for their continued support and hard work. Firm partners, Anna and John, recognized the demands on our teams to sustain our high quality filing and prosecution that have helped the firm rise to the top in terms of objective quality and other performance criteria.

We are grateful to have a supportive and hard-working community here at McCoy Russell.

Clean Tech, The Future of Climate Action

This year’s earth day theme is a call for climate action, reminding us that climate change represents one of the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Our client 1st Step Solar, with their project the “Allbrand Solar Monitor”, have made it to the semi-finals of the American-Made Solar Prize Competition. This challenge requires competitors to make progress on a condensed timeline to identify a critical challenge related to American solar manufacturing, create a concept, and secure a partner to test a prototype.

McCoy Russell continues to support companies that are developing and integrating clean technology products, systems, and services. Improving upon the novel wind, solar, electric automotive options, and renewal technologies will help shape the future of climate change.