About the Author

Mallun Yen

Mallun Yen is executive vice president of RPX Corporation. She can be reached at infor@rpxcorp.com.

Article List

  • Is Rockstar patent peace paving the way for a clearinghouse?

    A deal of this magnitude is proof that the conventional wisdom about patents is being turned on its head. Patents can be cleared on a large scale when valuations are reasonable and reflect the market demand.

  • Fee-shifting before and after the Supreme Court decisions

    The two cases have evolved the patent litigation landscape, but it remains to be seen how fundamental and widespread that change might ultimately be.

  • A pivotal year for patent reform

    For corporate and IP counsel, 2014 was the year of patent reform, as the landscape shifted from good ideas into practical actions. Those actions are still taking shape, and it's unclear how comprehensive, effective and sustainable they will be. Nevertheless, legislative and regulatory patent reform was finally in play.

  • Is Alice a game changer?

    Before we start eulogizing software patents as a class, we should look closely at what the courts have been doing in these first interpretations of the Alice language.

  • Toward a more diverse workplace

    Achieving gender equity in the tech and IP workplace isn't going to happen overnight, but we’re heading in the right direction. You could see evidence of that progress at the ChIPs summit.

  • For NPEs, is it RIP, ITC?

    No one factor has made the ITC less attractive to NPEs. Instead it has been the incremental impact of several developments and a gradual change in the attitude of patent market participants.

  • Patent risk: Not just a big company problem

    It is rare to find an early-stage growth company with a full-time general counsel or an in-house intellectual property attorney, and even the most seasoned entrepreneurs often have a limited view of how patents and patent risk fit into their operating strategy.

  • Alice: Another (small) step on the way out of Wonderland

    The outcome of Alice underscores that, while the courts may be inching toward greater clarity and definition in patent law, such reform will continue to move incrementally.

  • Patent reform on Capitol Hill

    If there was a takeaway for the investors, it was that change doesn't come easy in Washington. But even though case law evolves slowly and comprehensive legislative changes are rare, the good news is that progress seems inevitable.

  • In-house counsel take on patent reform

    While there is not uniform agreement on all issues, we were able to find consensus in a number of areas, as well as identify ways to further focus efforts on the most important issues in the weeks and months ahead.

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