Contributors

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John Russell

John Russell is a founding partner of the law firm McCoy Russell LLP, based in Portland, OR.  John obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and began his career as an engineer at Ford Motor Company, where he implemented feedback control systems and signal processing techniques before transitioning to the intellectual property department at Ford.  John also received a Master of Science in Engineering from University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.  John is a named inventor on more than a 170 U.S. patents to date.  At McCoy Russell, John represents clients in a variety of patent and trademark matters.

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Anna McCoy

Anna McCoy is a founding partner of McCoy Russell LLP, an intellectual property law firm based in Portland, OR. Anna earned her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated with honors with a General Business Law Certificate and was a member of the Journal of Small and Emerging Business Law. She began her career at an IP boutique firm, and has been a partner at McCoy Russell (formerly Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle) for thirteen years. At McCoy Russell, Anna represents clients in all aspects of patent and trademark matters, including licensing and managing patent and trademark portfolios, patentability studies, trademark use and registration studies, patent non-infringement and invalidity studies, and preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications before the USPTO. She has drafted and prosecuted patents in a broad range of technical fields.

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Kathryn Chi

Kathryn Chi is a Technical Specialist at McCoy Russell LLP. Kathryn has a background in food science and technology, primarily focused on fermentation. Kathryn is a bookworm who loves learning about technologies across a variety of industries and brainstorming ways to help creative innovations find success at the USPTO. When not preoccupied learning about the latest and greatest innovations, Kathryn spends her free time boxing, playing volleyball, and hosting poker nights with her husband.

 
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Arsalan Zolfaghari

Arsalan is a Technical Specialist at McCoy Russell LLP. He has a background in science and engineering with a degree in chemistry from Oregon State University. Arsalan has experience with organic methodology, total-synthesis, unnatural amino acid synthesis, biorthogonal ligations, and purification and characterization. He is passionate about niche or quirky products and spends his free time outdoors. He also enjoys a big bowl of cereal. 

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Paul Focke

Paul Focke is a technical specialist at McCoy Russell LLP, based in Portland, OR.  Prior to that, he worked as a research scientist at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he obtained a PhD in Neuroscience.  Paul is passionate about new technological advances in the industrial space, such as advances related to automobile industries, commercial vehicle industries, aviation, and anything in general involving heavy equipment.  In his spare time, Paul enjoys doing construction on his house, and maintaining upkeep on his 25 year old vehicle.

 
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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson is a technical specialist at McCoy Russell LLP, based in Portland, OR.  Jennifer has a Ph.D. in medical genetics from Oregon Health Sciences University, where she studied DNA repair.  Jennifer has nearly seven years of experience working on intellectual property matters related to technological advances in the industrial space, such as advances related to automobile industries, commercial vehicle industries, and locomotives.  In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys zipping around town in her all-electric vehicle and train (and plane) spotting with her son.