Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey did not threaten legal action against Edison State College over its similar name.
In fact, it was the other way around, Thomas Edison President George Pruitt said in an exclusive interview with The News-Press.
Florida’s Edison State first asked the New Jersey school to share its registered trademark on the name; it declined. Then Edison State filed a notice with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office asking the federal government to strip Thomas Edison of its trademark, which has been in place since 2003.
Pruitt said his institution never had a beef with the Florida school. In fact, the two colleges signed an agreement 20 years ago that allowed students who earned associate degrees from the Florida school to continue toward a bachelor’s degree at the New Jersey college.