Electric carmaker Tesla introduced Thursday it was giving up its patents to “the open source movement” to assist spur electrical automobile expertise. The uncommon transfer comes with Tesla having fun with large success, however in opposition to a backdrop of multiplying authorized squabbles amongst expertise corporations over patents. “All our patents belong to you,” Tesla chief government Elon Musk stated in a weblog put up.
“Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”
Musk, an entrepreneur who made a fortune with the PayPal on-line fee service and in addition heads the area journey agency Space X, stated he doesn’t need patents to halt progress of an essential environmental expertise.
“We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform,” he wrote.
He stated when Tesla was launched, “we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla.”
But he stated this turned out not to be the case. “We couldn’t have been more wrong,” he stated.
“The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than one percent of their total vehicle sales.”