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Secrecy and conspiracy webinar with JAMES POOLEY


In this session FICPI and ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law are delighted to welcome James Pooley, former Deputy Director General of WIPO, will discuss "Secrecy and Taylor Swift: What Conspiracy Theories Reveal About Our Growing Distrust of Institutions" with FICPI Focus 45 moderator Louis-Pierre Gravelle.



"Secrecy and Taylor Swift: What Conspiracy Theories Reveal About Our Growing Distrust of Institutions"

In this session, learn about:

  • Why secrets are sexier than patents
  • The challenges of managing trade secret risk
  • Getting consensus within the organization
  • Dealing with “insider risk”
  • Third party secrets, both directions
  • Technology and the move toward “zero trust”


James (Jim) PooleyJames (Jim) Pooley focuses on trade secret law and management, as an advocate, advisor, testifying expert and neutral.  

He is an author or co-author of several major IP works, including his treatise Trade Secrets (Law Journal Press), the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide and the recently-released Trade Secret Case Management Judicial Guide (both published by the Federal Judicial Center). His most recent business book is Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage (2d ed. 2024).

The Senate Judiciary Committee relied on Jim for expert testimony and advice on the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act.

From 2009 to 2014 Jim served as Deputy Director General of WIPO in Geneva, where he managed the PCT.

He is a past President of AIPLA and Chairman of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is Chair Emeritus of the Sedona Conference Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets and Co-Chair of the Trade Secrets Task Force of the International Chamber of Commerce.

In 2016 Jim was inducted into the IP Hall of Fame for his contributions to IP law and practice.


Louis Pierre GravelleLouis-Pierre Gravelle, FICPI webinar host

Louis-Pierre Gravelle is Partner at Bereskin & Parr in Canada and Vice President of FICPI's Practice Management Committee.

He specialises in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and providing patentability, validity, infringement and right to manufacture opinions in the fields of electricity, telecommunications, mechanical and information technology. He is a registered patent agent in Canada and in the United States (1998).

Louis-Pierre is involved in due diligence matters and managing patent portfolios. He is also involved in strategic counselling for start-ups, small, medium and large-sized businesses.

A member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Louis-Pierre was called to the Québec Bar in 1995. He is also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). Louis-Pierre Gravelle is past-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and past co-president of the Joint Liaison Committee – Patents between the Patent office and IPIC. He is a Councillor for FICPI Canada.

He is listed in the IAM Patents 1000, and has been since 2012. Louis-Pierre is often called upon to speak on a variety of IP-related topics, at local and international conferences and events.

CPD/CLE certificates can be provided.

There is no charge to attend this webinar.

All are welcome.