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)…

She-roes: Women Strive to Promote Their Own in Silicon Valley IP Law

Excerpt from

Never underestimate the power of visible trailblazers. They were sorely lacking when Anirma Gupta began as a patent attorney in 1993. “The firm I worked at had no intellectual property partners in the electrical/mechanical field,” says the deputy general counsel for litigation and IP at Intuit…

‘Chipsters’ Lobby For More Women In Silicon Valley Legal Departments

Excerpt from The Grindstone

We all know that women are underrepresented in the tech world. Turns out they are also sparse in tech companies’ legal departments. But that kind of gender heterogeny won’t be possible in the next generation, if a group of women who call themselves the Chipsters…