Published Date : 2013
A tale of Drugs, Patents, Health Care and Greed
Inspired from real life experiences, Road Humps and Sidewalks is the story of Arjun, a young, blind lawyer with a small law practice, and his battle with a Pharma Major. A realistic modern day drama about defenseless victims and fatal diseases exploited for commercial gain taken directly from the pages of the daily news.
As thousands fall prey to a deadly viral infection, a dedicated team of doctors succeed in their quest for an effective treatment. But their achievement is short-lived, as the unscrupulous multi-national Berminger Pharmaceutical Corporation deliberately creates artificial scarcity of the drug by using their patent to profit from the panic. Exasperated with the powerful corporation’s stone-cold indifference to loss of lives, doctors take the fight to the court relying on Arjun’s counsel.
Set in Hyderabad, the pharmaceutical capital of India, Arjun clashes in the court with India’s leading patent lawyer. The battle turns nasty as dirty tricks and devious tactics undermine Arjun’s challenge . Brilliant arguments and crafty legal reasoning enlighten, while gripping sequences add flavour to the fire of genius.
Acclaimed a feast for legal thriller enthusiasts, the novel has been compared by reviewers with the works of John Grisham and Harper Lee.
“A blind lawyer, a virus outbreak, a dog that dreams and a patent infringement case. Dr. Kalyan Kankanala’s debut fiction, Road Humps and Sidewalks: The Path less travelled is an engrossing fast-paced legal thriller”
– The Hindu
“This … IP law thriller has all the hallmarks of a winner; corporate espionage, attempted kidnapping, foiled hits, court room romance, a corrupt Chief Justice and a David v Goliath battle over patents for a life-saving drug.”
– IP Kat
About the Author
Kalyan is an intellectual property attorney based out of Bangalore, India. In addition to helping clients derive business value from their intellectual assets, Kalyan also consults for United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), and teaches at premier institutions such as National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.