pSemi Corp. (formerly Peregrine Semiconductor), a Murata company, announced that Rajappan “BG” Balagopal has been named vice president of intellectual property (IP) and licensing. Balagopal will drive strategic development and management of pSemi’s patent portfolio.

Balagopal brings over 20 years of broad experience in IP management, including strategy, valuation, supply chain management, general legal counseling, business development and transactions. He has supervised interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, technologists and business professionals to solve complex IP problems, generate IP revenues and reduce IP costs and risks for large and small companies. Balagopal has also held numerous high-level positions, including VP of technology IP management at The Walt Disney Company and director of patent and technology transactions at Intel Corp. Prior to joining pSemi, Balagopal ran an IP law and business consulting practice, serving diverse clients in industrial equipment, consumer products, semiconductors, communications, media and software. 

“BG brings an abundance of knowledge to the leadership team,” says Jim Cable, CEO of pSemi. “His substantial IP experience will bolster our commitment to growing and defending pSemi’s patent portfolio. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

“I am excited to join pSemi, the RF SOI pioneer that continues to push the frontiers of innovation in semiconductor processing, radio and power electronics,” says Balagopal.  “It is great to get back to my roots in semiconductors at a time when 5G is on the horizon and IP business models are also undergoing fundamental change.”