Conifer, CO asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Colorado

Q: Where might I go to look up a law firm from the late 1800s?

I believe they were patent attorneys, as the firm name appears on several musical instrument patents around the stated time. Internet searches are futile, no matter the wording!

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: My suggestion is that you find a Martindale-Hubbell directory for New York state from the appropriate time period.

I have never needed to look back that far but according to Wikipedia, Martindale-Hubbell was founded in 1868 so there may be a directory.

The directory should give the name and address of the firm and brief bios on all the attorneys in the firm. (The bio is just a few sentences -- such as where the attorney went to school and the type of law each attorney works on. The listing may include the names of major clients.

Most people would have little use for a directory that is over a hundred years old. So you may want to reach to to a top tier law library or contact Martindale-Hubbell directly.

I hope this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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