About the Author

James Pooley provides international strategic and management advice on patent and trade secret issues, including dispute resolution. He is a frequent keynote speaker to business and professional groups.

One of the world’s leading experts in information security and intellectual property law, Mr. Pooley was appointed in 2009 by the White House to a five-year term as  Deputy Director-General for innovation and technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, where he was in charge of the international patent system. His current practice combines that management and diplomatic experience with his legal background to help organizations around the globe—ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—meet the critical requirements of protecting information assets.

Before his service at WIPO, Mr. Pooley was a successful trial lawyer in Silicon Valley for over 35 years, representing clients in patent, trade secret, and technology litigation. He has also taught trade secret law at Santa Clara University and at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, where he currently serves as chairman of the board. 2015 Induction Ceremony.

In addition to writing Secrets, Mr. Pooley has authored or co-authored several major publications, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press) and the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Federal Judicial Center). He also conceived and co-authored Introduction to Patents, a video shown to federal juries in the U.S.

Mr. Pooley has been recognized in the Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers’ America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and California Super Lawyers. In 2003 he was named Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine.

He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on IP Rights in the Information-Based Economy from 2000 to 2004, and from 2005 to 2006 of the California Council on Science and Technology, where he remains a senior fellow.

Mr. Pooley has been involved since childhood in the Boy Scouts of America, where he currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Council. He is an Eagle Scout and a Baden-Powell Fellow.

He is an honors graduate of Lafayette College and Columbia Law School. In addition to his native English, he has advanced knowledge of French.

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