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.

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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PORTLAND, OR, August 20, 2020/

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.