Dr Edgar Luzzatto, a third generation patent attorney, passes away at 97.
Our condolences are extended to son, Kfir (Riccardo), senior partner of Luzzatto et Luzzatto.
Edgar joined the Italian firm Luzzatto et Luzzatto to work with his father Enrico and his brother, for a brief period before World War II. He left Italy for the USA where he served in the United States Army in the years 1941-1946, fighting in the Pacific Ocean theater.
He practiced in the USA as a registered patent agent, and after a few
years returned to Italy where he worked as a consultant to foreign and local industry.
In 1976 he started a practice as a registered patent attorney in Israel, which was to become Luzzatto & Luzzatto. Dr Edgar Luzzatto left the partnership in 2000 and continued as a consultant until
2004, where he retired aged 90.
The Luzzatto family are descended from an aristocratic Italian family of that included many eminent rabbis. Indeed, at the IP in Jewish Law Conference I organized on Sunday, Professor Gershon Bacon reproduced and referred to the Rabbinic Approval of a songbook published in Italy in 1623, where, amongst other Rabbinic signatories, was Simcha Luzzatto, an early rabbinic forbear. This type of ban against copying predates the first copyright law, the Statute of Anne, by 86 years!