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Keynote Speaker Jim Pooley

James Pooley has worked on the front line of IP and data asset protection for the past 45 years as a lawyer, manager, diplomat and author.  He has the vast experience and wisdom of a frontrunner who was there at the inception of Silicon Valley’s explosive run of disruption and innovation.

A multi-published author, Jim is recognized as the world’s leading expert combining trade secret, patenting and business strategy. His most recent book “Secrets: Managing Data Assets in the Age of Cyber Espionage,” has become a “go-to” reference for executives and knowledge workers.

Mr. Pooley’s individual clients have included Steve Jobs, personal computer inventor Chuck Peddle, and disk drive legend Finis Conner.  And he has advised many of the world’s top companies, including Adobe, Blackberry (RIM), GE, Qualcomm, Bridgewater, Nomura, Motorola, Applied BioSystems, AT&T Wireless, and Chanel.

He has served as a senior diplomat at the United Nations in Geneva, where he managed the international patent system, as Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

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. 

Based in Silicon Valley, Mr. Pooley speaks and consults both nationally and internationally, sharing with unrivalled insight and detail, how in an age when data theft is easy, cheap and hard to detect secrets can still be kept, competitive advantage secured and lawsuits avoided.

Presentation Topics Include:

  • Protecting Your Trade Secrets: What Your Lawyers Aren’t Telling You that Could Sink Your Business
  • Trade Secrets: 3 Keys to Protecting Your Ideas and Data Assets in Global Markets
  • The Dangerous Cocktail of Collaboration & Innovation: 3 Keys to Protecting Your Trade Secrets in the New Data Age
  • Poaching Talent from the Competition — It’s Fine, Except When It’s Not.
  • How to Avoid the Confidentiality Trap: Top 5 Ways to Successfully Negotiate Nondisclosure Agreements, Protect Your Assets and Avoid Litigation
  • Walking on Eggshells: Consultants and Confidentiality in Serial Relationship How to Navigate and Mitigate the Risk
  • Too Hot to Handle: Secrecy and the Facebook Generation Protecting Your Company’s High Value Data Assets in the “Share All” Climate
  • Dangerous Departures: 3 Must-Have Exit Strategies for Managing & Mitigating Risk When Key Employees Leave to Compete

Jim Has Presented to Organizations Such As:

  • Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan
  • S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Columbia University
  • Duff & Phelps
  • Licensing Executives Society of France
  • Global IP Business Conference
  • Association of Corporate Patent Counsel
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel

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