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 Jacob 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 19th century.
The exhibit features a few of the fascinating items in the collection. Stop by the library to view a Presidential Patent, signed by Thomas Jefferson, amongst other interesting selections .