John Russell Global Leader 2021

The first edition of IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders Guide ( has launched and John Russell is among this elite group of IP Professionals. John heads McCoy Russell LLP’s patent prosecution and appeal practice and has been developing successful patent drafting and prosecution strategies across a diverse set of industries, such as transportation, medical technology, green energy, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. Strategies he’s developed, 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.

John started after noticing the lack of patent prosecution strategies and resources on-line. “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.” notes John. Mr. IP Law has become a leading patent prosecution blog with no paid advertising.

McCoy Russell LLP is the only patent law firm in Oregon represented in the IAM Strategy 300. John Russell’s inclusion in IAM Strategy 300 cements his position in the field and exemplifies the respect McCoy Russell LLP has gained over the years.


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.

Top Patent Law Firms in Oregon for 2020

PORTLAND, OR, Jan. 14, 2020/ –We compiled a list of the top patent law firms based in Oregon. They are ranked by the total number of U.S. design and utility patents issued in 2020 where the patent firms were listed on the front of the patent. Included firms have over 40 patents with an Oregon inventor.




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.

Season’s Greetings From McCoy Russell

The McCoy Russell team worked incredibly hard, coming together and making it through 2020. Our teams have not only remained available to clients, but also to each other, making the most out of our collaborative model, continuing to adapt as the circumstances change, and rising above the challenges through this year. We cannot help remain anything but grateful.

We extend our best wishes and deepest gratitude into the promising New Year.

Congratulations to ESS Technology, Inc

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 Slavisa

Congratulations to McCoy Russell client Slavisa who is an engineer, artist, avid cook, and inventor! Slavisa has launched his ingenious invention – the TurkeyStone ( 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.

OHSU Invent-a-thon

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.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

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.

PDX Women In Technology Get Hired Up

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.

Janina Malone Participates in Answer2Cancer

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.