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Thomas Edison-Licensing Opportunities

In summary, Thomas Edison (1847-1931) has been hailed as the world’s greatest inventor. Among his many inventions (1,093 patents) are the phonograph, motion picture camera and the light bulb (including the entire electric power industry). He also created the basic approach to industrial research and development (R&D) still used today. Besides being an inventor he really stands out as an innovator and entrepreneur which is one of the reasons TIME Magazine stated he is “still relevant today”.

Tom in his beloved chemistry lab

Tom in his beloved chemistry lab

Edison Innovation Foundation
​The Edison Innovation Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Edison Legacy and encourages students (including women and minorities) to embrace careers in science, technology, and engineering and is committed to educating the next generation of great innovators while using Edison and his Invention Factory as the foundation. www.thomasedison.org

Charles Edison Fund
Charles Edison was the son of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor and entrepreneur. Charles was a businessman and philanthropist and in 1948 established the Charles Edison Fund (“Fund”). The Fund was created to maintain the legacy of his father, Thomas Edison, and to meet his own philanthropic goals in good and bad economic times. www.charlesedisonfund.org

Licensing
The Fund engages in licensing the Edison name and image. Edison Intellectual property (“Edison IP”) generates extra revenues to support programs run by the Edison Innovation Foundation. Licensing is accomplished either with outside representatives or through its extensive social media platform. A recent example of an Edison license involves the Intel-Edison Compute module (chip) which evolved out of a formal license between the Fund and Intel Corporation. Below is a photo of the module and the “Edison Tommy” award given to inventors, entrepreneurs and contest winners who participate in ongoing and special programs.

Anyone interested in licensing Edison intellectual property should contact:

Charles Edison Fund
One Riverfront Plaza
1037 Raymond Blvd., Suite 340
Newark, New Jersey 07102
www.charlesedisonfund.org
Phone: 973-648-0500
Email: info@thomasedison.org

Why not associate your company with the Thomas Edison image:

The scope and import of his lifetime achievements are still today responsible for about 10% of the world’s economy—about $6 trillion annually.

Some economists believe his achievements are responsible for providing one-fourth of all the jobs on the planet.

Life magazine proclaimed in 1996 that Thomas Edison is the Man of the Millennium.

Tell the marketplace your company is innovative and entrepreneurial in the spirit of Thomas Edison. We can help you do this. Contact us.

Contributions
The Edison Innovation Foundation invites donors to support the ongoing needs of the Edison Foundations by contributing to the continuing efforts to revitalize science education and Edison’s legacy. Innovation and Edison drove us through the industrial age and will continue to drive us into the future. Please help us carry on our important work. Financial contributions to the Edison Innovation Foundation are 100% tax deductible. www.thomasedison.org

Edison Social Media

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Happy Birthday Thomas Edison-February 11th

Happy Birthday Thomas Edison-February 11th

It’s time to celebrate the birthday of the world’s greatest inventor, a man who gave us many presents-recorded sound, motion pictures, the light bulb and electric power system, and R&D labs.

“I love apple pie – If not apple, how about some rhubarb pie?”

“I love apple pie – If not apple, how about some rhubarb pie?”

Edison taught us about electric vehicles 100 years ago and would be cheering us on right now as we learn how to plug our cars in at night – helping to clean the air too. Tom was a big environmentalist, as was his lovely wife Mina.

Mina Edison driving her Tom [“dearie” as she called him] around in her 1911 electric vehicle.

Mina Edison driving her Tom [“dearie” as she called him] around in her 1911 electric vehicle.

He had a family too … here they are … Madeleine, Charles and Theodore, in order.

“Life's most soothing things are a child's goodnight and sweet music...”

“Life’s most soothing things are a child’s goodnight and sweet music…”

The Edison family on the back porch of their lovely, Victorian style home at Glenmont

The Edison family on the back porch of their lovely, Victorian style home at Glenmont

Below, Tom and Mina shortly after their marriage in 1886–she 19, he 38– a lasting marriage. Mina was a devoted mother, home executive, philanthropist, environmentalist/horticulturist, and public relations asset to Tom and his business. Tom proposed to her in Morse code, tapped out on her hand; she accepting, also in Morse code, tapped out on his hand! He wrote her many love letters.

“A man’s best friend is a good wife.”

“A man’s best friend is a good wife.”

Happy Birthday Tom! We will never forget you.

“I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

 

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Thomas Edison Battery Building Coming Back to Life

Built in 1913, the Edison battery manufacturing facility dominated the Thomas A. Edison industrial landscape at his legendary West Orange site. His batteries were used all over the world in a myriad of applications–probably Edison’s most successful and maybe his most profitable product. Constructed from the same Edison Portland Cement formulation he used to build all his West Orange buildings (and the same formulation he sold to NYC to build Yankee Stadium), the landmark building is now being lovingly converted to apartments to be named Edison Village.

Old battery building shown at right of main gate and invention factory

Old battery building shown at right of main gate and invention factory

Prism Capital Partners in 2016 launched construction for Edison Village, encompassing 21 acres on Main Street, in the heart of West Orange Township’s Downtown Redevelopment Area. The first phase of the project is highlighted by the adaptive reuse of the Historic Thomas Edison Battery Building and will contain approximately 334 residential units, 18,400 square feet of retail and a 630-space parking structure.

Prism artist rendering of renovated portion of battery building and commercial store fronts-

Prism artist rendering of renovated portion of battery building and commercial store fronts-

Prism is now in discussions with the Edison Innovation Foundation to incorporate an Edison motif into the building which can include the licensing of artifacts, photos and other Edison materials, and can also involve potentially new Edison invoking objects. Use of available space in the renovated building for special Edison presentations and gatherings is also being discussed.

Thomas Edison said, “I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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