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Tesla tells automotive world to go ahead and use its patented technology

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Tesla just removed patents from the walls of its Palo Alto headquarters both literally and figuratively. If you want to build something using the technology found in a Tesla patent, the company is totally fine with that.

Today Tesla Founder and all around super-smart guy, Elon Musk, posted to the company’s blog that Tesla would not pursue legal action against anyone that uses Tesla’s patented technology in good faith.

In the post Musk says that the goal of Tesla is to further the development of sustainable transportation. “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal,” he writes.

The purpose of patents is to protect the creator of a technology from being ripped off by copy cats. In theory, it’s a great idea. In recent years though, the patent world has become a quagmire of legal fights and trolls hoping to cash in on tiny features. By removing itself from that mess, Tesla is embracing the open source movement.

It’ll be interesting to see how this affects the automotive market.

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One comment

  1. olivierlehe · June 20, 2014

    Elon Musk is the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. In these two companies, products manufactured have never been proposed before. For SpaceX (USA), the company is able to sell a rocket launch for satellites for 12000 dollars / kg as cost for Ariane 5 (Europa) is 23000 dollars / kg and for Proton (Russia), 18000 dollars / kg.
    As ILIAD for French Telecommunication, SpaceX is completely redefine the market of space rocket launch. He obliges restructuring Safran (Ariane) into Airbus group in June 2014.
    Elon Musk is also the CEO of Telsa, a company selling only electric cars in USA! Elon Musk is a serial creator, as he was the creator of Paypal sold to Ebay in the 2000′s years.
    If you are interested, I have posted an article about Elon Musk that you can read here:

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