A private Virginia university has dropped its legal challenge to Augusta’s new state university name, officials said Friday
The Georgia Board of Regents reached a settlement in the trademark infringement lawsuit brought by Regent University that allows the board to use the name, Georgia Regents University, Georgia university system spokesman John Millsaps said in a statement.
The Virginia school filed its lawsuit in September after the board’s decision was announced renaming the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities.
“At the time the Board of Regents approved the name Georgia Regents University, it was our conclusion that we had the right to use the name. This agreement confirms this conclusion and allows each university to promote and protect its name and brand,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “We are pleased to move forward in the development of GRU as an institution that will continue to make significant and lasting contributions to Augusta, the state, nation and beyond.”
Regent University, which has had a trademark on its name since at least 1990, claimed the Georgia school’s name constituted trademark infringement and unfair competition. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta, sought to bar the Georgia system from using the Georgia Regents name and also sought damages for harm it says Regent University has already sustained,
The lawsuit contended the Georgia Regents name was “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception and will injure and damage Regent and the goodwill and reputation” of Regent’s trademark.
Lou Isakoff, the general counsel for Regent University, said he was still prohibited by the court from speaking about the case.
Millsaps said details of the settlement were not available Friday.
“I do know one thing, no money changed hands,” he said.