Speakers / Authors:
Pamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org). Prior to founding CREATe in October 2011, Ms. Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002, Ms. Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She worked closely with business leaders and research and development teams to advance Microsoft’s businesses in China and other emerging markets.
Ms. Passman first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002, led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan.
Ms. Passman serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Ethisphere Institute, a private company that is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. She currently serves as a Trustee of Lafayette College and on the Boards of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee and has served on its Independent Task Force on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy (2010-2011).
Ms. Passman was recognized by Security Magazine as one of 2014 Most Influential People in Security.
Ms. Passman received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1987, and her B.A. from Lafayette College.
James Pooley, a distinguished member of the IP Hall of Fame, is a Senior Counsel in Orrick's Silicon Valley office. He is a highly sounght-after advisor and trial lawyer in courts and in private arbitration.
Mr. Pooley combines over 35 years as a successful Silicon Valley trial lawyer with deep knowledge of patents and trade secrets, proven leadership of national organizations and five years as a diplomat and manager of the international patent system (PCT). With the analytical and communication skills of an attorney, executive, diplomat, teacher and published author, Jim provides a unique perspective and valuable resource for companies dealing with the challenges of deploying IP in complex global markets while facing unprecedented risks to information security.
Mr. Pooley has been a senior partner at several large firms, where he handled hundreds of trade secret cases and was heavily involved in patent litigation. His successful jury defense of Adobe Systems as lead trial counsel in the country’s first major software patent infringement case tried to a jury was chosen by the National Law Journal as the only IP case among its Top Defense Verdicts of 1997. Adobe won with findings of non-infringement and invalidity of the patents asserted against Photoshop. In 2003, California Lawyer magazine named Mr. Pooley Lawyer of the Year in recognition of a $90 million technology copyright settlement for ESS Technology of Fremont in litigation with MediaTek Inc. of Taiwan.
Mr. Pooley has been a driving force behind the newly adopted Defend Trade Secrets Act. On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary invited him to testify as an expert on trade secret law and litigation as the committee weighed the proposed legislation, which created a federal civil claim for misappropriation of a company’s know-how. In 2009, the White House appointed him Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, where he was responsible for the international patent system.
Mr. Pooley received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1972, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his B.A., cum laude, from Lafayette College in 1970.
Peter J. Toren
Peter J. Toren is with the law firm of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC where he has successfully represented clients for over 30 years in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters throughout the United States at both the trial and appellate levels. He was selected by the National Law Journal as Top 50 Intellectual Property Trail Blazer and Pioneer, 2014. He is a co-author of the recently published Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Handbook (Walters Kluwer).
Mr. Toren’s practice has a strong focus on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases as well as other complex commercial disputes. His representations often involve complex technologies, including computer software and hardware, light emitting diodes, bio-technology, semiconductor manufacturing and fabrication, optics and medical devices as well as business methods. He also has successfully obtained and defended motions for preliminary injunctions and summary judgment motions involving the Patent Act, Copyright Act, Lanham Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
He has argued numerous times before the Second, Fifth, Ninth and Federal Circuits involving patent, copyright, and trademark law. Mr. Toren has also handled a number of internal investigations involving the Economic Espionage Act as well as other federal criminal laws on behalf of large corporations.
Mr. Toren regularly represents clients in negotiations concerning complex intellectual property licensing and technology transfer agreements.
Mr. Toren is the author of Intellectual Property & Computer Crimes (Law Journal Press), which has been updated twice a year since first being published in 2003, and has been described as a “must have desk reference.” He is a winner of the 2010 Burton Award for excellence in legal writing for The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy Law (BNA). Mr. Toren is also the author of over 100 legal articles covering a wide range of topics and has given over 100 speeches and talks on a variety of IP subjects to groups both inside and outside the United States.
Mr. Toren served as a federal prosecutor with the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice where he handled a number of high profile cases involving criminal copyright, trademark and trade secret matters, including one of the first cases ever prosecuted under the Economic Espionage Act.
Mr. Toren received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law, in 1985, his M.I.A. from Columbia University in 1988, and his B.S. from Bowdoin College in 1981.