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Review: Undue Diligence by Paul Haughey.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 8, 2007

 Undue Diligence

We recently had the opportunity to read Undue Diligence, a legal thriller written by a patent attorney at the law firm of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, located in San Francisco, CA.

Undue Diligence was a fast read with a good deal of action.  The protagonist of the story gets caught up in a web of international intrigue involving greedy patent trolls, a breakout of a deadly (manmade?) virus, and threats to the world economy.  The hero of the story is also a patent attorney who must deal with a variety of patent issues along the way.  Right on!

While the novel was written from a patent attorney’s perspective, we don’t necessarily agree with some of the opinions espoused by the hero practitioner (the statement that the “Patent Office hands out patents on non-inventions like candy on Halloween”, for example) .  That being said, Paul does a good job of explaining the “patentese” in the novel and seamlessly weaves it into a story that, for the most part, is very entertaining.

Overall, Undue Diligence is worth checking out if you are a looking for a fast-paced legal thriller to read.  Will the valiant patent attorney save the world, stop the spread of the deadly virus, and succeed in getting the girl?  Read Undue Diligence and find out for yourself!

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