Biography

Paul GoldsteinPaul Goldstein is a writer, lawyer and teacher. He is the author of five novels: Legal Asylum: A Comedy (Ankerwycke, 2017); Secret Justice (Ankerwycke, 2016); the bestsellers Errors and Omissions (Doubleday 2006), A Patent Lie (Doubleday 2008) and Havana Requiem (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012), which received the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. He is also the author of two general interest non-fiction books, Copyright’s Highway: From Gutenberg to the Celestial Jukebox (Stanford University Press, Revised Edition 2003) and Intellectual Property: The Tough New Realities That Could Make or Break Your Business (Penguin Portfolio 2007). Mr. Goldstein has written two leading treatises on copyright law – the four-volume Goldstein on Copyright (Aspen Publishers Third Edition 2005) and the one-volume International Copyright: Principles, Law and Practice (Oxford University Press Second Edition with P. Bernt Hugenholtz 2010) – as well as four widely-adopted law school textbooks.

Mr. Goldstein is a member of the Bars of New York and California and has since 1988 been Of Counsel to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he advises clients on major intellectual property lawsuits and transactions. He has regularly been included in the annual volume, Best Lawyers in America.

Since 1985 Mr. Goldstein has been the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford Law School where he has twice received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has testified before congressional committees on intellectual property legislation, been an invited expert at international governmental meetings on copyright issues, and is a member of the editorial boards of leading intellectual property publications in England, Germany and Switzerland. He has served as Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich, Germany, and is a member of the founding faculty of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center.

Paul Goldstein was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on January 14, 1943. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1964 and from Columbia Law School in 1967, and started his law teaching career at the State University of New York at Buffalo that year. In 1975 he moved to Stanford Law School as Professor of Law and in 1985 was appointed the Lillick Professor of Law at Stanford. From 1985-1986 he served as Chairman of the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Electronics and Information. In April 1997 Newsweek magazine named Mr. Goldstein to its “list of 100 people for the new century,” as one “whose creativity or talent or brains or leadership will make a difference in the years ahead.”

Contact Paul Goldstein at paulgold@stanford.edu