Patrick Allen Foster is the pseudonym of an attorney in East Tennessee.

Paul Alan Forsyth is a patent attorney with the law firm of Pitts & Lake, P.C., in Knoxville, Tennessee. The opinions expressed on this blog are his personal views and do not represent the opinions of his employer. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from Duke University in 2004 and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 2007. In law school, he was the Publication Editor (or “Pub Editor” for short) of the Tennessee Law Review.


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