Wednesday, October 23, 2019

"NCIS: New Orleans" does two patent themes in "Spies and Lies" on October 22, 2019

The "Spies and Lies" episode of NCIS: New Orleans managed to bring patent themes into both of its sub-stories on October 22, 2019.

In one sub-story, Navy Lieutenant Max Landry, who is working on a room temperature superconductor, suspects his girlfriend, Rina, of copying classified information about his work onto flashdrives. As the story unfolds, it seems that while Rina was working in Uganda, she became involved with a person who said a company was suppressing information on its patents. One thing led to another, and Rina was taking classified information from Max, adulterating it, and conveying it to the Russians. Yes, the idea that information in a patent being suppressed is a bit humorous. Patents are public information. And yes the Russians are woven into the story. And yes, in the real world, the Russians are trying to sell nuclear reactors to Uganda, in contrast to the solar energy based devices Rina was trying to bring to Uganda.

In the other sub-story, LaSalle is trying to get information on who killed his brother Cade. Yes, opioids and patents are involved. It seems that one company had a patent on a less addictive opioid. A lab tech had been fired and stole information from the patent to make a dangerous opioid. Again, one notes patents are public information and no one "steals" the information.

So, two storylines, one involving patents, superconductors and Russians and one involving patents, opioids and drug dealers.

As to stealing, from :

They discovered it was a variety of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, and traced it back to the Alabama lab where it was patented.
There, the doctor told Pride about a disgruntled ex-employee, Stan Jenkins, as a likely suspect for who could have stolen the formula.

If this is an accurate account of the storyline, the bad guys may have infringed, but they did not "steal" the formula.


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