Paul Goldstein. A Patent Lie (2008) 293 pp.
Michael Seeley’s legal career has gone downhill from big-time law in New York City to a struggling solo practice in Buffalo when his brother, a successful executive in a Silicon Valley biotech company, arrives to lure Michael to come to San Francisco and take over the bet-the-company patent infringement litigation against a giant, international drug conglomerate. The attorney who had been handling the case just jumped in front of a train, and the trial, which cannot be postponed, is only days away. Against his better judgment, Michael takes the case and begins to penetrate the darkness at its heart as he investigates the circumstances of his predecessor’s death and the patent he has been hired to litigate. His investigation leads him into peril both outside and inside the San Francisco courtroom around which the drama swirls.
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