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Xiaohong Ding visits Beijing for AIPLA delegation

McCoy Russell attorney, Xiaohong Ding, has just arrived in Beijing for her AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association) delegation trip. This is the third year in a row Xiaohong has had the honor of delegate on behalf of the IP Practice in China Committee of the AIPLA.

The Committee works to establish and maintain relations with professional societies in China whose members are interested in intellectual property law.  The Committee’s members study Chinese law and practice and report on issues of interest to the AIPLA Board of Directors and membership.  The Committee also provides information on US intellectual property law to any interested party in China, if called upon to do so. In addition, the Committee organizes these regular trips to China.

This trip begins in Beijing and then its on to Shenzhen where the delegates have an opportunity to learn of updates and changes in Chinese IP law from the CNIPA. Additionally, to visit and communicate with many of the companies in China about intellectual property.

Janina Malone wins Women in Law 2019

Senior Counsel, Janina Malone, was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2019 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution.

Janina was chosen based on some of her highlighted achievements over the last 18 months. This individual accolade was based awarded based on an evaluation of votes received from Lawyer Monthly readers, raising awareness in relation to equality and gender issues faced by women in the legal sector, amount of documented activity in 2018/2019 compared to peers, size of involvement within transactions, peer recognition, client care, and innovation.

Important Reversal obtained by McCoy Russell from the PTAB

McCoy Russell has won an important reversal before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in Technology Center 3700. Our team, led by John Russell, battled improper rejections under Section 112 claiming the inventors lacked possession of the invention by the United States Patent Office and successfully convinced the PTAB to reverse the rejections on Appeal 2017-008486.

Attorney John Dawson joins McCoy Russell

PORTLAND, OR, June 12, 2019 // For Immediate Release

 

McCoy Russell is pleased to announce that John Dawson has joined the firm as a Patent Attorney effective June 3, 2019.

Mr. Dawson is a leading Patent Attorney with more than 20 years of experience practicing in Oregon.  Mr. Dawson has represented numerous prominent clients in protecting their intellectual property through both utility and design patents.  His practice also includes counseling clients in developing a patent portfolio strategy and navigating the IP landscape.  Mr. Dawson has extensive experience in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Mr. Dawson also has extensive experience managing patent portfolios having been a former managing partner at the Portland Office of Harness Dickey and Pierce as well as a senior associate at Banner & Witcoff. He additionally worked as a senior propulsion engineer at Boeing for 6 years.

We are pleased to welcome Mr. Dawson to our practice at McCoy Russell and look forward to utilizing his experience to expand the firm’s influence.

 

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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. www.mccrus.com – Contact: info@mccrus.com

CourtCare and Multnomah Bar Association

McCoy Russell is happy to announce our sponsorship of Multnomah Bar Association fundraiser event, the Battle of the Lawyer Bands, for CourtCare.

Multnomah CourtCare is a project of the Multnomah Bar Foundation (MBF) which improves access to justice by making free, drop-in childcare available for families who have business at the court.

Our own McCoy Russell band, including John Russell, Frank Morton-Park, Cassandra Mercer, and Paul Focke, will be joined by fellow lawyer Nathan Holtey to compete in the Battle of the Bands.

Join us July 25, 2019 at Kennedy School – 5736 NE 33rd Ave, from 7:00-9:00pm. Where you can cheer us on and help support CourtCare with a suggested $10 donation.

INTA 2019 in Boston

Firm partners, John Russell and Anna McCoy, had another successful trip to the yearly INTA Meeting (International Trademark Association). This years meeting was held in historic Boston, MA and welcomed over 11,000+ attendees.

As always, it was enjoyable to have so many members of the IP community gathered in one place to reconnect, share thoughts, and learn about recent IP updates. We would like to say a warm thank you everyone who took time to meet with us. We enjoyed creating new relationships and additionally, building upon those already established from years past.

We were able to attend some excellent events and Anna enjoyed staying involved with her membership in the Famous and Well-Known Marks, U.S. Subcommittee.

Thanks again to all those we met with and we look forward to seeing you next year in Singapore.

Press Release: Support for Women Inventors

PORTLAND, OR, May 22, 2019 //

Funding continues to lag for women entrepreneurs in Biotechnology.  As the largest women-owned intellectual property IP firm in the US*, McCoy Russell LLP has been closely watching the participation of women as inventors.  The ability to protect innovation through patents is a key driver to obtaining funding, and statistics show that a significant gender gap still exists in both funding and inventorship even though the biotechnology industry has increased the number of women scientists.

The average women inventorship rate in the US is approximately 13% with Oregon ranking in the bottom one-third of US states.[1]  In the last decade, only 20% of inventors on patents assigned to universities and hospitals and only 15% of inventors on patents granted to public research organizations were women.  In addition, even when these applications are filed, data shows that USPTO examiners treat women inventors more harshly.  A Yale study shows that women inventors had an 8.2% lower chance of obtaining a US patent where the names were clearly indicative of gender.[2]

While funding opportunities also remain scarce (45% less funding per Boston Consulting Group), investors supporting women entrepreneurs have found a higher average ROI (10% higher).[3]

It is in this light that McCoy Russell has developed approaches to support organizations in enhancing women participation at all levels, including in brainstorming, invention submission, etc.  Because diversity leads to increased innovation[4], organizations can received significant valuation benefits in their portfolios.

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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. www.mccrus.com info@mccrus.com 

* Based on the number of issued US patents in 2018, with McCoy Russell having 771 issued US patents.  The next closest firm was at 266 for 2018.  It is noted that in the top three women owned IP firms, only McCoy Russell has more than 4 women patent practitioners.

 

[1] Progress and Potential: A Profile of Women Inventors on U.S. Patents. USPTO Office of the Chief Economist, Feb. 2019, www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Progress-and-Potential.pdf.

[2] Jensen, Kyle, et al. “Gender Differences in Obtaining and Maintaining Patent Rights.” Nature News, Nature Publishing Group, 5 Apr. 2018, www.nature.com/articles/nbt.4120.

[3] Abouzahr, Katie, et al. “Why Women-Owned Startups Are a Better Bet.” Boston Consulting Group, 6 June 2018, www.bcg.com/publications/2018/why-women-owned-startups-are-better-bet.aspx.

[4] Lorenzo, Rocio, et al. “How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation.” Https://Www.bcg.com, 23 Jan. 2018, www.bcg.com/en-us/publications/2018/how-diverse-leadership-teams-boost-innovation.aspx.

Women in Law 2019

Firm founding partner, Anna McCoy, was selected for a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2019 Award in recognition of her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Boutique.

Anna was chosen based on some of her highlighted achievements over the last 18 months. This is her second consecutive year being recognized in the publication.