Patent Lie, A

Intellectual Property and Patents

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Paul Goldstein


New York: Doubleday, June 2008


This thriller tells the tale of a lawyer involved in patent litigation—and murder.

Policy Relevance

Murder is not a good litigation tactic.

Main Points

  • The hero, a New York lawyer, takes over a lawsuit for biotech patent infringement in California when the lead trial lawyer dies.

  • The hero suspects that their opponent in the case, a large pharmaceutical firm, has had the lead trial lawyer murdered.

  • The patented product, an AIDS vaccine, might have been stolen by the infringers.

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