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Tesla Just Gave All Its Patents Away to Anyone Who Wants to Use Them

by , 06/15/14

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Earlier this week we reported that Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk was considering the possibility of opening some of the company’s patents in order to move the electric car industry forward. Today, the company announced that not only are they going to go ahead and open some of their patents – they are opening all of them. For anyone who wants to build on Tesla’s Supercharger patents or maybe tweak their battery technology, go on ahead - Tesla’s technology is now your technology.

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The company’s press release states that it has removed all of the patents from the wall of the Palo Alto headquarters in a symbolic gesture towards the new, unprecedented policy. According to Musk, Tesla wants to “clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles.” Accordingly, the company “will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

Related:  Tesla Has Tweaked the Model X to Make it Look Better and Appeal to Women

Musk says that the move is being made in the name of improving the impact that vehicles have on the environment, but the policy may actually help the company in addition to the environment. It turns out that Tesla’s big competitor isn’t other electric vehicles, it is other gas-based vehicles. Opening Tesla’s patents means that the entire electric car market can grow and chip away at gas vehicles as other companies start building charging stations and making innovations based on Tesla’s own technology.

Regardless, the announcement shows that Tesla is serious about not only changing the face of the traditional car, but the entire vehicle industry. “We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform,” said Musk. Your move, auto industry.

Via Forbes

Images via Tesla

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  1. IntellectualPats July 10, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    What an inspiration!! This will help out the environment tremendously! We think that more people should follow in this guy’s footsteps. If it’s a great idea, it is understandable that someone would want to protect it. However, if the idea could change the world as we know it for the better, than we think it is more beneficial to share your ideas. We wish sharing ideas was a more common practice. People have to work on not being so selfish with their resources, ideas, and money. Intellectual Pats stands for a good cause though. We want our clients to not be scared of sharing their ideas just like Elon Musk. Check us out.
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  2. Jayde Rachel Ashen June 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    that will put a stick in the mud for the big oil companies… BRILLIANT about time, onja Tesla :P

  3. Joshua Atwal June 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    You can find Tesla Motor’s filed patent claims, overviews, backgrounds, and summaries here: http://www.faqs.org/patents/assignee/tesla-motors-inc/

  4. design2know June 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    O.K…on the Tesla Company *Giving away All their Patents…that’s very Interesting…but Hard to believe…they Probably mean the issued Ones…which I could Fathom….and let it be known…Ironically Enough that Nicoli Tesla-(*The Namesake Original Dude who inspired all of us)…actually *Died with about 43 INVENTIONS in his head!At least I’ve heard or read somewhere…
    I see what they are doing…the Technology is already *Built into a lot of their own Successful Vehicles…so let’s make a True *Paradigm Shift…and they could actually become beneficiaries of that Technology in the very *Long Run! It’s worth a try…BRAVO!
    Big “NT” would be proud…=)

  5. BillTomlinson June 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Absolutely have to love this guy. What a big-picture viewer! And to think he risked everything to launch Tesla.
    Perhaps this will speed up the pursuit of the real Achilles-heel for plugin cars– cheap battery power!

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