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TOWNSEND PARTNER’S IP THRILLER PUTS WORLD AT PERIL Townsend and Townsend and Crew partner Paul Haughey has a new appreciation for how hard it is to write. His first book, out in the next few weeks, took 20 years � off and on � to complete. “You may have great ideas,” the intellectual property attorney explained, “but you put it on paper and it doesn’t look as good as it did in your head.” Haughey described “Undue Diligence,” as an intellectual property thriller. The story unfolds much the same way as the recently settled BlackBerry case, in which NTP sued Research in Motion for patent infringement, nearly wiping BlackBerrys off the face of the planet. Haughey explores so-called patent trolls’ “abusive use of patents to extort money and hold up legitimate products.” But more is at stake in the novel than the commercial viability of a handheld device. Patent attorney Joe Nile’s client, Telekinetics, has developed a medicine that could save thousands of lives from a viral epidemic that is threatening to engulf the world. The product is threatened when a “patent troll” convinces a clueless jury to ban further sales. Ultimately, Nile is forced to work for the patent troll who has destroyed his client, doing “due diligence” in preparation for the troll’s IPO. Whether “Undue Diligence” hits the best seller lists remains to be seen, but its topic is timely, particularly as the Supreme Court reviews the circumstances under which injunctions are granted in patent cases, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office mulls rule changes to some practices and Congress considers reform. � Petra Pasternak Seeking a new muse After 10 years of handling appeals for Encino’s Horvitz & Levy, Jon Eisenberg is calling it quits � with the firm, that is, not appellate work. “I’m still going to be an appellate lawyer,” the 52-year-old said last week. “I’ve just decided I feel like doing some different kinds of appeals.” Eisenberg, who lives and works in Oakland, bids farewell on June 30 in what he calls an “amicable” parting of ways with Horvitz & Levy. “I still hope to work with them as co-counsel on future cases,” he said. “I do really love the firm and the people in it.” A longtime partner, Eisenberg chose to become of counsel last year. While at Horvitz & Levy, Eisenberg � a 1979 graduate of Hastings College of the Law and a former research attorney for San Francisco’s First District Court of Appeal � has been involved in quite a few significant appellate and Supreme Court cases. Among them, he represented:

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