USG Statement on Lawsuit Settlement of Georgia Regents University Name
Atlanta — June 28, 2013
In September 2012, Regent University of Virginia Beach, Virginia filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia contending that the chosen name for the university created by the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University violated its trademark on the name Regent University. A settlement has now been reached that allows the Board to use the name Georgia Regents University. Following is a statement by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.
“The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Regent University have reached an agreement to resolve the lawsuit Regent University had filed regarding the name, ‘Georgia Regents University.’
“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.
“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.”