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The Egolf Patent Collection: Introduction

Exhibit Title: The Egolf Patent Collection

THE EGOLF PATENT COLLECTION

A DISPLAY OF THE JACOB BURNS LAW LIBRARY

SPRING | 2018

Christopher Egolf, Law School class of ’75, passed away in 2016. Armed with his law degree and a background in chemical engineering (B.S. and M.S. from MIT), he had a very successful career as a patent attorney. He also was an avid collector of anything dealing with patents. In 2017, his son generously donated his amazing collection to the Burns Law Library. Comprising thousands of items, including American and foreign patents, brochures, correspondence, realia, books, and photographs, the collection is still being processed by the library. It offers fascinating insights into the development of the American patent system and the practice of patent law in the nineteenth century.