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The Stanford Law Society of Silicon Valley and Morrison & Foerster LLP Present


July 10, 2008 7:30pm - 8:30pm



Tough-but-wounded patent litigator Michael Seeley returns with yet more emotional baggage and back-story to reveal. Seeley has resigned from his high-powered Manhattan law firm and moved back to his native Buffalo to open his own practice. His estranged brother Leonard, a doctor in San Francisco, flies in from the West Coast and begs him to take on a complicated case. Not only does it concern a patent infringement on an AIDS vaccine and a Swiss pharmaceutical giant, but, to make matters worse, the lead lawyer has just committed sudden suicide days before the trial. Half out of need and half out of intellectual pride, Seeley agrees to take on the lawsuit.

Off to sunny San Francisco where he soon realizes this new assignment is anything but typical. Medical conspiracies abound; stolen research and criminal plots unfold; and financial wages are so staggering that murder can scarcely be ruled out as a hard-ball tactic. Much more than just a patent license hangs in the balance, when the highest possible stakes—life and death—are at risk. Who can Seeley trust when even his own brother won’t give him the whole story? Never has copyright and intellectual law been so thrilling and so dangerous.

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. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Law School, he is Of Counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP and has regularly been included in Best Lawyers in America. He has testified before congressional committees dealing with intellectual property issues and has been invited as an expert at international government meetings on copyright issues. A Patent Lie is his second novel, and the sequel to his first, Errors and Omissions. He lives in Menlo Park, California, with his wife and daughter.