Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Frenkel and Yen: the Cisco Kid and Pancho, or the Lone Ranger and Tonto?

Although it's tempting to label Troll Tracker Rick Frenkel of Cisco as the "Cisco Kid" (and his accomplice Mallun Yen as Pancho), one recalls that Duncan Renaldo didn't hide his identity. The Lone Ranger was "anonymous", but had a better reason for anonymity than Frenkel did. Yen, in common with both Pancho and Tonto, is not a registered patent attorney and serves as a comic foil to Frenkel's antics.

As was quite foreseeable, Joseph Hosteny, in his first Litigators Corner column after Frenkel's unmasking, blistered Frenkel
in IPT (April 2008 issue, pages 24-25)

Although one can find a fair number of hits for Mallun Yen doing a Google search, she is non-existent on a LEXIS legal news search. Curiously, in the last ten years, Mallun Yen's name shows up only once in a LEXIS law review search. Guess who
mentioned her?

If you guessed "Mark Lemley," you are right.

Here's the beginning of the Lemley/Shapiro article Frontiers of Intellectual Property: Patent Holdup and Royalty Stacking [85 Tex. L. Rev. 1991 (2007) ]-->

We are grateful to Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Intel, Micron Technology, Microsoft, and SAP for funding the research reported in this Article. We emphasize that our conclusions are our own, not theirs. We thank Ashish Arora, Chris Cotropia, Peter Detkin, Sandra Draibye, Charles Eskridge, Joseph Farrell, John Flynn, John Golden, Rose Hagan, Tim Holbrook, John Hayes, Paul Krieger, Amy Landers, Matt Lynde, David McGowan, Alan Morrison, Craig Nard, Arti Rai, Michael Samardzija, David Simon, Mallun Yen, and participants at workshops at Stanford Law School, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of California at Berkeley for comments on a previous draft. We are also grateful to Jackie Chou for research assistance and data collection.

***UPDATE. 15 June 09. Contemplate the following indictment of sponsored research [from Campus Review] -->

How can a professor of medicine claim 800 authored or co-authored peer-reviewed articles in his career when most research academics struggle to write five a year? This is the question posed by Sergio Sismondo in a recent issue of the Canadian journal, Academic Matters. Sismondo, a professor of philosophy at Queen's University, Ontario, said the answer lies at the heart of shonky pharmaceutical promotion activities dressed up as academic publishing.

Hmmm, shonky IT lobbying dressed up as legal academic publishing?


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