James Pooley

James Pooley

James Pooley is a Silicon Valley-based expert in trade secret law and litigation. Jim is currently Senior Counsel with Orrick. For more than 35 years, Jim has represented clients as lead trial counsel and strategic advisor in high-stakes patent and trade secret disputes. His broad litigation experience, combined with his service as an international diplomat and business executive, make him uniquely qualified to handle today’s global IP challenges. Jim testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Defend Trade Secrets Act, and has worked with congressional staff on the legislation. His most recent book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage, available here. For more information or to contact Mr. Pooley please visit his firm profile page.


Posts by James Pooley


Was America’s Industrial Revolution Based on Trade Secret Theft?

Is it reasonable to say that the U.S. got an unfair head start on the Industrial Revolution by stealing secrets from Britain? I don't think so. …
By James Pooley
3 months ago 17

Defend Trade Secrets Act Adopted by Senate

In today’s political climate, any bipartisan legislative action is, well, unusual. Unanimous votes are like unicorns. But one happened yesterday, as the Senate voted 87-0 to …
By James Pooley
1 year ago 8

The Need for Accountability at the World Intellectual Property Organization

Based on my experience I can report to you that the vast majority of the people at WIPO are competent, dedicated and deliver as required, many of …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 1

The Inadequacy of Trade Secret Law and Why Congress Should Pass the DTSA

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) will improve trade secret protection, which will incentivize innovation and benefit companies–large and small–in all industry sectors. I have …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 2

It’s Time for Congress to Start Protecting Trade Secrets

While trade secrets have become more important, advances in electronics like flash drives and smartphones have made data theft almost infinitely easier and faster. And unlike the …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 3

A Provocative Idea That Turns Out to be Wrong

A very troublesome flaw in Talent Wants to be Free is that the author frequently conflates non-compete agreements with two other very common forms of employee restraints: …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 4

Trade Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage

The titans of the 19th Century made fortunes because they controlled access to the raw materials and infrastructure of commerce: steel, oil, lumber, railroads, canals, shipping. In …
By James Pooley
2 years ago 0