Why Your Investigations Went Nowhere Advanced Forensics for Trade Secret Investigations

Investigative dead ends. Inability to convey your findings to the judge. Lack of access to critical evidence. Trade Secret investigations are a critical part of any company’s IP protection strategy, yet so many investigations end with insufficient findings to take further action. How is this possible in a world where data and forensic artifacts are everywhere? Please join James Sahm, BlackStone Discovery’s Lead Cyber Investigator and Stuart Bartow, Partner at Duane Morris LLP, to discuss advanced forensic investigative techniques to break the cycle and find success in your trade secret investigations. Moderated by Derek Duarte, President, BlackStone Discovery.

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Derek Duarte



BlackStone Discovery

Derek M. Duarte is President of BlackStone Discovery, an eDiscovery and computer forensics services firm, that amplifies its experts with AI and automation. As a litigator and technologist, Derek brings a unique perspective to the challenges of the legal services industry. Most recently, he was named one of Silicon Valley’s 40 best business leaders under the age of 40 (40 under 40) by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for leading BlackStone Discovery’s rapid growth and disruption of the eDiscovery industry.

Derek joined BlackStone as a Sr. Manager in 2013 and has been a key part of the success and growth of the company since. He has experience providing eDiscovery expertise to global corporations, government agencies, technology start‐ups, and law firms. Derek has testified as an expert on eDiscovery and Computer Forensics in the state and federal courts. He gets his kicks from finding the needle in the haystack, discovering digital truth, and bad puns. He is excited by the potential of legal technology to improve access to justice, bolster our democracy and advance the practice of law.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

James Sahm

Lead Cyber Investigator


BlackStone Discovery

James Sahm is BlackStone Discovery’s Lead Cyber Investigator and has a demonstrated experience of over 3 years in the industry. James specializes in the areas of Large-Scale intrusion analysis, Forensic investigations and JTAG/ISP data extractions. He also has experience providing Certified Expert Reporting and trial testimony. Other commendable skills he excels in include data collection, data preservation, data recovery, data exfiltration, consulting. James has a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology, from Frostburg State University, and a Master’s of Science in Computer Forensics from George Mason University. In addition he is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner and received additional training in the following areas: SANS Training FOR-500 Windows Forensic Analysis, FOR-572 Advanced Network Forensics, SEC-506 Securing Linux/Unix. His skills and knowledge have continuously provided the highest level of client support and success from leading a team of investigators to implementing and executing internal protocols and capabilities. He is able to tackle highly complex investigations and deliver actionable findings to clients.

Stuart Bartow



Duane Morris

Stuart Bartow is a trial lawyer and technology attorney, and a partner in Duane Morris’ Intellectual Property Practice Group.Based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, he represents clients from around the globe in intellectual property and other complex matters, with particular emphasis on patent and trade secret disputes involving high technology.

Mr. Bartow has represented clients in courts around the United States, before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and in national and international arbitration tribunals. Applying his background in computer engineering, Mr. Bartow has handled disputes in technology areas such as microprocessor architecture, chip layout and packaging, semiconductor processing, navigation and cellular communications systems, computer networking, software design, and mechanical engineering among others.

A dual-qualified U.S. patent attorney and English solicitor, Mr. Bartow advises on intellectual property portfolio management, PTO practice under the America Invents Act, and cross-border licensing and enforcement concerns for domestic and international clients. Additionally, he maintains an active practice in cybersecurity and privacy law, and holds the CIPP/E European data protection certification administered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Bartow teaches trial practice courses as an adjunct lecturer, and he regularly writes and speaks on cutting-edge issues in intellectual property law. Before practicing law, Mr. Bartow worked on the technical staff of a medical device company and at a leading satellitecommunications provider.

Mr. Bartow holds two bachelor of science degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, a master of science degree from Columbia University, and a law degree from Georgetown.

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