Leadership Team

Mallun Yen


Executive Vice President

Mallun Yen is Executive Vice President of RPX Corporation and head of Corporate Development, M&A and Structured Acquisitions.  Ms. Yen joined RPX following an eight-year career at Cisco where, as Vice President of Worldwide Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel, she was responsible for developing and implementing the Fortune 100 company's strategy to protect, enhance, defend, and capture the value of its intellectual property.  She was the technology giant's second intellectual property attorney and built a group of over two dozen senior industry professionals with responsibility for all patent, copyright and trademark strategy, development, prosecution, disputes, licensing, acquisitions, marketplace, and policy, as well as patent pools and standards-related matters.  She is credited with transforming Cisco's approach to IP from being primarily defensive to one closely aligned with business objectives and providing competitive differentiation, which marked the company's transformation into a global IP leader.

Ms. Yen chairs the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at UC Berkeley Law School and currently serves on the advisory board for Stanford Law School's Center for Law, Science and Technology, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel.  She is a founding board member of ChIPs, an organization dedicated to the advancement, mentoring and retention of women in the IP field.  She is a frequent invited speaker on a wide range of topics, including IP strategy, patent best practices, patent defense strategies, patent pools, innovation, and standards.  By invitation, she has testified before the FTC on the "Evolving IP Marketplace."

Ms. Yen received her BS from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall.