Originally Posted by KC Fish
Iron Patriot is simply an armor suit like the Iron man suits. It's not a person per say. In the comics, it was worn by Norman Osborn from Spiderman.
So obviously they have some wiggle room with regards to Iron Patriot and the villian...
My guess would be that Iron Patriot is a pseudo ally of Iron Man, to fight Mandarin.
Or probably starts out as an antagonist to Iron Man, but joins him in the later stages of the film or something.