Palo Alto, January 22, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Morrison & Foerster LLP is pleased to announce that James Pooley and Scott Oliver will join the Intellectual Property Group in its Palo Alto office as partners on February 1, 2006. Mr. Pooley, widely regarded as one of the top IP litigators in the country, specializes in patent, trade secret, copyright, and technology-related commercial litigation in state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. He is nationally recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the trade secret field, and is the author of the well-regarded treatise, Trade Secrets. Mr. Oliver, who handles patent, copyright and complex technology-related cases, has practiced with Mr. Pooley for the last six years. Mr. Pooley and Mr. Oliver are joining the firm from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.
“The arrival of Jim and Scott furthers our claim to a leadership position among international IP firms,” said Lori Schechter, Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department. “Their recruitment also fits with the firm’s core strategy of building upon its strengths.”
Mr. Pooley has practiced in Silicon Valley since 1973, establishing a national reputation as trial counsel in some of the most difficult and high visibility cases involving intellectual property. His successful patent infringement defense of Adobe Systems was recognized by the National Law Journal as the only IP case among its Top Defense Verdicts of 1997, and a record settlement for ESS Technology in a software copyright case led to his being honored as a 2003 Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Pooley is currently the First Vice President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and will become its President in 2007.
“Jim’s expertise is highly sought after by leading technology companies,” said Keith Wetmore, Chair of Morrison & Foerster. “Together, Jim and Scott will make an immediate impact on our IP practice both in Silicon Valley and firmwide.”
Mr. Pooley commented: “Morrison & Foerster’s strength in patent prosecution, corporate practice and litigation represents a convergence of expertise that, in my opinion, is unique in Silicon Valley and indeed on a national basis. This combination can bring tremendous value to clients facing increasing complex issues in IP management and litigation. I am very excited to be joining the firm.”
Scott Oliver’s practice has focused on a wide range of technologies. He has extensive experience in developing and managing major anti-piracy programs for clients. He has considerable expertise in patent, trademark, and copyright licensing issues and additional expertise in the counseling and litigation of matters under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
Mr. Pooley received his J.D. from Columbia School of Law as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar in 1973, and his B.A., with honors, from Lafayette College. Mr. Oliver received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego in 1994, and his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University.