Alles Gordon Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Alles Gordon Papers
Dates: 1927-1974
Collection Number: 10095-MS
Creator/Collector: California Institute of Technology
Extent: 6.5 linear feet.
Repository: California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Pasadena, California 91125
Abstract: The papers relate mostly to a long-standing patent dispute between Gordon Alles, George Piness, and Smith, Kline and French Laboratories over the manufacturing rights to medical agents, including benzedrine salts and phenyl-isopropylamine salts.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Alles Gordon Papers. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is partially processed. Series 1, Patents and litigation, includes documentation on Alles’ patents, products and publications and the lawsuit between him and the SKF Laboratories Series 2, Miscellaneous, includes documentation on the dispute Alles had with Piness and their following agreements and miscellaneous business correspondence.2

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