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Secrets: A Book Whose Time Has Come


James Pooley started writing about trade secrets in the 1980s. Back then, the best way for a company to protect its data was to watch who went in and out the door. In the decades since, information security has been challenged by the Internet, an emerging culture of disclosure powered by social media, sophisticated hacking tools, global supply chains, and a drive toward “open innovation,” which calls for sharing vital information with suppliers, customers, and a variety of short-term “partners.”

In short, everything has changed. Information has become the global currency of the 21st century. Managing it is no longer the exclusive province of IT or security. Every operational and strategic part of the enterprise is now involved in this critical task. Whether you’re a leader or any professional who works with information, you must walk the fine line between being open enough to generate creative energy and being careful enough that most sensitive trade secrets stay secret.

Pooley realized anyone trying to make sense of this complex new world needs a plainspoken guide that puts the subject in context and helps them make smart decisions about intellectual property and all of the (often surprising) issues that connect to it. Thus, Secrets was born.

 Click here for an excerpt from this deeply compelling, readable, information-packed book.

PATENT CASE MANAGEMENT JUDICIAL GUIDE

Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, Third Edition (2016, Federal Judicial Center). James Pooley was one of six authors; others are Peter S. Menell; Lynn H. Pasahow; Matthew D. Powers; Steven G. Carlson; and Jeffrey G. Homrig. This guide to managing patent cases shares the results of author surveys of federal judges and describes their approaches and best practices regarding the unique challenges associated with this complex form of civil litigation. Download here.

INTRODUCTION TO PATENTS

Introduction to Patents (2002, 2013, Federal Judicial Center). Years ago, concerned about the inefficiency of patent litigants calling expert witnesses to teach juries about the operation of the patent system, Mr. Pooley conceived and drafted the script for a video that could be shown by all federal courts to prospective jurors, ensuring that they received an objective presentation on this important issue before beginning their work on a patent case. The video was produced by the Federal Judicial Center and was first released in 2002. Used since then by federal courts throughout the country, the video was updated and released again in 2013. View the current version here.

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