James Pooley, Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
2015 Induction Ceremony
Are Your Trade Secrets at Risk?
We all know information is the business asset of the 21st century. In a global economy where collaboration and innovation rule, we have to share it—not just with employees but also with partners, vendors, customers, and consultants. Yet you can’t help but worry: What if my trade secrets fall into the wrong hands? What if a hacker gets access to my data and compromises a project? In fact, what if an employee steals the intellectual property I’ve worked so long and so hard to develop?
Questions like these reveal one of the biggest dilemmas of our time. Yet you can protect and exploit your competitive advantage, maintain productive relationships, and avoid lawsuits. You can strike the balance between sharing enough information to keep the fires of creativity burning and still guarding your most vital secrets. You can keep those secrets secret—even in an age when data theft is easy, cheap, and hard to detect.
Speaker and trade secrets expert James Pooley has written a book that will guide you through these murky legal waters. You’ll discover how to:
Identify and reduce your risk of information loss
Deal with employees leaving to join or start a competitor
Manage your data on the Internet and in the Cloud
Handle the security risks of social media
Avoid liability for having someone else’s secrets
Build an information protection program with best practices
Respond when you find a breach of confidentiality
Secrets is a “must-have” resource for executives and managers, knowledge workers, consultants, security professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers, and accountants. If you work with information, you’ll want to reference this book any time you have questions on what to share and what to keep under your hat.
“Jim Pooley has spotted one of the great ironies of modern business: In an age of transparency and ‘open innovation,’ the value of secrets has skyrocketed. And so has their vulnerability.”
—Stan McCoy, Former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
“Pooley makes the reader feel every creak of the tightrope innovators must walk between trusting sensitive information with others yet also taking smart precautions against lawsuits, leaks, and outright theft.”
—Louis Foreman, Creator of Emmy Award-Winning PBS Series Everyday Edisons; Author of The Independent Inventor’s Handbook
“The book is a dose of reality to those in denial about the real and pervasive dangers of the world we live in.”
—Federico Faggin, Co-inventor of the Microprocessor
“With patent protections in America shrinking steadily, more and more companies and their lawyers will have to turn to trade secrets, and this guide will illuminate the way for all.”
—Hon. Paul Michel, Chief Judge (Ret.), Federal Circuit Court of Appeals