January 2010 | No. 01/2010


New WIPO Deputy Director General for Patents

Mr. James Pooley took up his functions at WIPO on 1 December 2009 as Deputy Director General for Patents, with responsibilities for the PCT, the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents, innovation promotion and technology transfer.

A national of the United States of America, Mr. Pooley has worked as a lawyer in private practice in Silicon Valley since 1973, where he handled a wide range of patent, trademark and copyright cases in state and federal courts.  He has also taught for many years as an Adjunct Professor at Boalt Hall Law School (the University of California at Berkeley), and has authored numerous texts relating to patents and trade secrets.  Mr. Pooley also served recently as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and as President of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Further information on Mr. Pooley’s previous experience can be seen in his curriculum vitae, which is reproduced in Annex V of WIPO document WO/CC/61/2 at:



Mr. James Pooley,
WIPO’s new Deputy Director
General for Patents



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