Clear and Convincing Evidence: My Career in Intellectual Property Law
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (6/13)
Article first published as Book Review: Clear and Convincing Evidence: My Career in Intellectual Property Law – by George Gerstman on Blogcritics.
When I started to read this book, I was expecting a dry book about the trials and tribulations of patents and the patent process -- I was so wrong. “Clear and Convincing Evidence: My Career in Intellectual Property Law” by George Gerstman was a very interesting and informative book.
It was not at all what I expected it to be. The stories that Mr. Gerstman told were some of the most intriguing and fascinating that I have ever heard. They were not all about patents and patent infringement; some were a bit amusing as in the story of the Naked Lady, about a client whose wife wanted to perform naked at a concert hall. Mr. Gerstman helped out the client and the show went on, almost.
There is much more to “Clear and Convincing Evidence” than just related stories about patent law. Each story that the author told explained what the court case was about and what was happening in the discovery stage. When the trial was held, the author indicated where the trial was held, the name of the district court or federal court, the judge’s name, the location of the court, and the name of the opposing counsel. He is meticulous in how he explains the whole procedure so that the lay person can understand. There were a few Latin phrases (Legalese) that I had to look up and that was a bit of a detriment, but otherwise it was a very well-told story. The thorough explanation of every case is so well clarified by the author, making for a very easy read.
I enjoyed “Clear and Convincing Evidence: My Career in Intellectual Property Law” by George Gerstman very much and gave it one of my highest marks of a B+. The writing is concise, refreshing and a comfortable read for a general audience. There is nothing that is R rated of off color and I would recommend it to anyone interested in law. It does not matter what branch of the legal system your interest lies in, if being a Barrister is in your future, then this is a must read.