Money was a sore point in the Holmes household. Holmes’s grandparents had squandered away their share of the Fleischmann fortune. Richard Fuisz, a family friend, was a flashy successful businessman.
Fuisz was offended that Elizabeth never consulted him. Fuisz made his money patenting medical inventions that he anticipated other companies would someday want.
Anticipating Theranos, he patented a physician alert mechanism that could be embedded in at-home blood-testing devices made by other companies.
When Theranos discovered the patent, they sought their legal firm for a patent interference case. However, attacking the parent of a partner was messy. The firm declined Elizabeth’s request for a patent interference case against Fuisz.
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