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 Admires Transparent Solar Panels

What is it? Michigan State University scientists have developed a transparent solar panel that can be used as a window.

A transparent solar panel

A transparent solar panel

Why does it matter? Clear solar panels could be used to tap the sun’s power in buildings, cars and even tech devices. There are 5 to 7 billion square meters of glass surfaces in the United States, according to the researchers, who say these clear panels have the potential to provide approximately 40 percent of the country’s current energy demands. Besides making new power-generating window panels, the technology could be also used to retrofit existing windows.

How does it work? The MSU team used organic molecules as their secret sauce to create a thin material similar to plastic that captures the sun’s ultraviolet and near-infrared light. Once collected that energy moves to the edge of the window panel, where solar cells converts it to electrical energy.

Dr. Richard Lunt at MSU

Dr. Richard Lunt at MSU

“Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” said lead engineering researcher Richard Lunt. While the transparent panels are far less efficient than normal solar panels, buildings have a lot more surface area where they could be deployed. “Ultimately, this technology offers a promising route to inexpensive, widespread solar adoption on small and large surfaces that were previously inaccessible,” Lunt said.

Check this out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH04P2fXVgs

Widespread use of highly transparent solar applications, together with the conventional roof-top solar systems we see today, could nearly meet U.S. electricity demand, drastically reducing the use of fossil fuels. Today, only about 1.5 percent of electricity demand in the United States and globally is produced by solar power. Moving global energy consumption away from fossil fuels will require innovative and cost-effective renewable energy technologies like this. The work at MSU is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Edison on solar energy – “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. I wish I had more years left.”

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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