World Intellectual Property Day,
James Pooley is the deputy director general for innovation and technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations. Pooley oversees the operation of the international patent system, as well as programs directed at the development of patent laws and innovation ecosystems, particularly with regard to small and medium-sized enterprises and universities.
Before coming to WIPO, Pooley was in the private practice of law in Palo Alto, California, most recently at Morrison & Foerster, where he represented clients in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley; president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); and president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is a member of the National Academies of Science Committee on Intellectual Property Rights. Pooley is author or coauthor of several major works in the intellectual property field, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press) and the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide (Federal Judicial Center).
Pooley graduated from Columbia University Law School as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 1973. He holds a bachelor of arts degree, with honors, from Lafayette College.