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.

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.

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
Phone: 973-648-0500

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.

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.

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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