John Russell Quoted in Law360 Article

Firm Partner, John Russell, quoted in Law360 article “Fed. Circ. Preserves Rule Inventors Say Can Be A Burden” by Matthew Bultman. IP Law360 reached out to John based on his expert blog posts and extensive patent appeal experience to discuss the issue of patent examiners re-opening prosecution responsive to an appeal brief under MPEP 1207.  John and his Mr. IP Law blog ( are quoted throughout the article.  As John explains in the article, “The way this rule has been affirmed by the Federal Circuit, the patent office has unlimited chances to make new rejections.”

Win for Chinese Patent Prosecution Team

McCoy Russell’s Chinese Patent Prosecution team, including Xiaohong Ding and John Russell, won a 6th revocation of an improper rejection by the Chinese Patent Office this year. Our team led the appeal to the Reexamination Board that obtained a decision revoking all rejections and indicating that the invention was novel and inventive over cited prior art and common knowledge. The case is Chinese Patent Application No. 201310322331.2.2, relating to Engine Control Devices.

Press Release: Boutique Woman-Owned Law Firm Issues Most Patents in Portland

Boutique Woman-Owned Law Firm Issues Most Patents in Portland


For Immediate Release                                                                     

Date: 09/24/2018




Portland, OR –

Results from USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) show McCoy Russell LLP has issued more patents than any other Portland firm this year. As of January 2018, McCoy Russell’s approach has granted them 534 issued patents. The two runner’s up are Klarquist Sparkman, LLP with 458 and Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt who have been issued 461.


Firm partners are impressed that their boutique woman-owned firm is beating out significantly larger traditional Portland firms in issued patents.



McCoy Russell LLP is a Portland based, woman-owned,  boutique intellectual property law firm focused on the prosecution and development of patent and trademark portfolios.


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Examiner Reversed in Appeal

McCoy Russell has won another reversal from the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB). This was a big win in the area of winches and cranes. Our team, led by John Russell, battled improper rejections by the United States Patent Office and participated in oral proceedings. See Appeal 2016-007508.

Remembering Allan Lippa

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a dear friend and colleague, Allan Lippa.  Allan was revered and respected by everyone that worked with him.  He had a long and successful career, including rising to Assistant General Counsel at Ford Global Technologies, LLC.

Allan was never too busy to have a discussion on how to approach an invention or set up an application for success. He never stopped training the newest members of patent law and patent drafting.  Allan was an integral part of McCoy Russell and we thank him for his time, his counsel, and his influence.  We know that his spirit will live on in the lives of those he touched.

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