Monday, August 4, 2008

Seeley is Back

Goldstein, as the readers of his first book Errors and Omissions will be well aware, is very educated and experienced. Having graduated from Columbia University Law School, he is now a Professor of Law at The Stanford Law School. Some of his experiences are: serving as Chairman of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information, and teaching at Stanford Law School where he has multiple times won The John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching
The trial descriptions in A Patent Lie are accurate, timely and edifying. Goldstein’s experience and education have been brought together in his latest novel to give the reader true courtroom drama, while tackling a subject we see often in the headlines, talk about it in academic communities, and may share with our own personal experience. The subject is the AIDS virus, and it’s implications as a front-and-center concern of the global community.
In A Patent Lie, Goldstein not only brings the AIDS epidemic to center-stage, but educates the readers on the melee of people, companies and organizations that are involved in attending to this issue. One such character(we know who) being an attorney whose job it is to protect the newly patented vaccine by Vaxtek. Goldstein eloquently explains (and also plays with) some of the baffling chemist-speak. So do not be deterred by sentences such as: “The Problem is that the HIV envelope glycoprotein displays emphatic antigenic variations, is heavily glycosylated, and is poorly immunogenic”
For the main character of his first book, Michael Seeley (recently become down and out Manhattan attorney)is reluctant to start talking to his brother in San Francisco again, and to make the dangerous choice to protect the interests of the little guy at all costs. The action of the story not only is timely in terms of the main issue, but brings about contemporary cultural significance to Americans. Seeley is forced to travel from the sky scraper laden world of Manhattan, to the freethinking, actor-electing communities of California which will bring him face-to-face with new challenges legally, as well as personally.
For such an accomplished bookworm as Goldstein is, having been the sole author to the four volume, 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions of 'Goldstein on Copyright', Seeley sure knows how to carry a gun...and handle it.
Paul Goldstein will be at The Poisoned Pen’s Conference on the 17th of August. The event will run from 12 noon until 5pm. The event cost is $45. Other speakers you will be able to meet are: Cordelia Biddle (in full 19th Century Costume), Tim Hallinan, Michael Koryta, and Carolyn D. Wall.

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