2015 Innovator Awards: Mallun Yen

Excerpt from The Recorder

When RPX Corp. brought together more than 40 technology companies last year to license 4,000 Rockstar patents for $900 million, Cisco Systems Inc. general counsel Mark Chandler hailed the defensive patent aggregator for organizing “a consortium of unprecedented scale.” How complex and innovative was the…

ChIPs Co-Founder Michelle Lee Confirmed as Director of the USPTO

We are thrilled to offer our heartfelt congratulations to ChIPs co-founder and board member emeritus Michelle Lee, who was confirmed on March 9th by the US Senate as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office…

The Rise of Stiletto Networks – Top 5 Women’s Power Circles

Entrepreneur.com

Based in: Silicon Valley Co-founders: Anirma Gupta, Deputy General Counsel, Intuit Noreen Krall, Chief Litigation Counsel, Apple Michelle Lee, Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office Julie Mar-Spinola, VP Legal, Alta Devices Mona Sabet, VP, Business Development, Cadence Design Systems Emily Ward,…

The Clients Are Real, the Pitches Are Just for Practice

Excerpt from The Recorder

In-house counsel get pitched all the time, but they often see the same faces. On Thursday, they saw some new ones, thanks to an event aimed at giving female associates and junior partners a chance to practice winning business.  “We see a lot of pitches, but—no…

Making a Winning Pitch

ChIPs is pleased to announce its inaugural “Making a Winning Pitch” event. We are providing a group of sponsor law firms an opportunity to participate in a mock pitch session before a panel of senior in-house decision makers. This will be an invaluable forum for high-potential associates and junior partners to gain experience in both creating and presenting pitches to in-house clients and prospects.

Women’s work-Three steps closer to gender equality

Excerpt from The Recorder

The Recorder invited Mallun Yen, the executive vice president of RPX and the former head of global IP at Cisco, to deliver the keynote address at a Sept. 25 reception honoring The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Below is a condensed version of…

ChIPs featured in Stiletto Network

Congratulations to Pamela Ryckman, celebrated author and journalist, on the May 16, 2013 launch of her book, Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business. We are proud that Pamela featured ChIPs as an example of a group of…

Long-time Googler will head Silicon Valley patent office

By Joe Mullin, Tech Policy Editor at ars Technica

Michelle Lee, a former Google attorney who was one of the first corporate lawyers to speak out about the harmful effects of patent trolls, will be the director of a new ‘satellite office’ of the US Patent and Trademark Office. The move was announced Friday…

Cisco’s Top Patent Lawyer in Rarified Air

By Brenda Sandburg

Cisco Systems’ Mallun Yen

When Robert Barr decided to leave his post as Cisco Systems Inc.’s chief patent counsel, the company didn’t have to search for a successor. General Counsel Mark Chandler had just one candidate in mind: Mallun Yen. For the past three years, Yen has served as Cisco’s director of intellectual property.

“Mallun has three primary attributes that made her a very logical successor,” Chandler said. “She’s incredibly smart, tough as nails and a great team player.”

Yen, who recently returned from maternity leave, took the helm Monday as managing director of worldwide IP.

We are often asked about how we came up with the idea of ChIPs…

The idea of ChIPs was first “conceived” by co-founders Julie Mar-Spinola and Mallun Yen in 2005, when Mallun was promoted to the top patent counsel position at Cisco Systems. The Recorder wrote an article (Rarefied Air) about Mallun’s promotion and interviewed Julie (then of Atmel)…