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James Pooley

James Pooley

James Pooley, a Professional Law Corporation

Menlo Park, CA, USA


James Pooley is a Silicon Valley lawyer representing clients in trade secret, patent and technology-related commercial disputes, and provides advice on IP strategy and data security management. He also serves as a special master, expert and arbitrator.

Mr. Pooley is an author or co-author of several major works in the IP field, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press) and the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Federal Judicial Center). His recent business book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage (Verus Press 2015). His most recent journal article is The Myth of the Trade Secret Troll: Why the Defend Trade Secrets Act Improves the Protection of Commercial Information, 23 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1045 (Summer 2016).

The Senate Judiciary Committee relied on Mr. Pooley for expert testimony and advice during consideration of the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act, and one Senator later called his participation “instrumental” in achieving passage of this landmark legislation. 

In 2014 he completed a five-year term as Deputy Director General at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, where he was responsible for management of the international patent system. He is a past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He currently serves as Chair of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets and as Co-Chair of the Trade Secret Task Force of the International Chamber of Commerce. He also teaches trade secret law at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law.

In 2016 Mr. Pooley was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for his contributions to IP law and practice.

James Pooley is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Trade Secrets 2017: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Friday, November 10, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether, Friday, November 10, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether - Winning Trade Secrets Cases as a Plaintiff and a Defendant, and Preventing Litigation Altogether, Friday, November 10, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Trade Secrets 2017: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Intellectual Property Law Institute 2018, Monday, October 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Trade Secrets 2018: What Every Lawyer Should Know, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Intellectual Property Law Institute 2018, Monday, October 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA
Trade Secrets 2018: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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