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A Patent Lieby Paul Goldstein
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Forced out of his high-powered Manhattan law firm and stuck in a dead-end solo practice, Michael Seeley, the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions, cannot say no when his estranged brother, Leonard, head of research at upstart biotech Vaxtek, Inc., flies in from California to beg him to take over the company’s lawsuit for patent infringement of its pathbreaking AIDS vaccine after the sudden death of the lead trial lawyer. The financial and moral stakes of the case are staggering, and Seeley suspects that murder cannot be ruled out as a hardball litigation tactic of big-pharma adversary St. Gall Laboratories.
As Seeley travels between San Francisco and Silicon Valley to prepare for trial, dark facts surface concerning the vaccine’s discovery by Vaxtek scientist Alan Steinhardt and its alleged theft by St. Gall researcher Lily Warren. Ethical quandaries deepen into mortal danger as the trial, under the stern prodding of federal judge Ellen Farnsworth, rushes to its unexpected end. A timely and fascinating look at how the law operates at its most arcane yet financially consequential, A Patent Lie is further evidence that Paul Goldstein is an emerging master of the legal thriller.
Resigning from a Manhattan law firm to work solo in Buffalo, attorney Michael Seeley reluctantly takes on a case at the request of his estranged physician brother, Leonard, involving a patent infringement on an AIDS vaccine, replacing the former lead lawyer, an apparent suicide, only to discover that the vast financial stakes in the case may have led to murder. By the author of Errors and Omissions. 20,000 first printing.
A gripping inside look at high-stakes lawyering, A Patent Lie is further evidence that Paul Goldstein is an emerging master of the legal thriller.After being forced from his high-poweredManhattan law firm, Michael Seeley-the tough-but-wounded hero of Errors and Omissions--has set up shop in his native Buffalo. Partly out of need, partly out of pride, Seeley takes on acase for his estranged brother, whose small biotech firm is suing a Swiss pharmaceutical giant over a controversial new AIDS vaccine. Seeley heads out to Silicon Valley to lead the case, but soon realizes there is muchmore at stake than he was first led to believe. As certain partnerships come to light, and financial gains become staggeringly clear, Seeley's own life may be in grave danger.
From theTrade Paperback edition.
About the Author
PAUL GOLDSTEIN is the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on intellectual property law. He has been included regularly in The Best Lawyers in America and has testified before congressional committees and international government meetings on intellectual property issues. A PATENT LIE is the sequel to his first novel, Errors and Omissions. A New York native, he now lives outside San Francisco with his family.
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