June 13, 2014

Tesla Motors opens up its patents to the public

The American company specializing in electric cars released all of its patents under an open-source-inspired agenda so that anyone can use them free of charge and without being sued. Our patent landscape can be used to show which patents Tesla owns.

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced the remarkable step in a post on the company’s weblog titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You”. Musk explains that the dangers for Tesla are not the few electronic cars that have been developed by their competitors but the huge amount of cars with combustion engines produced daily. With this, he justifies the decision to release Tesla’s patents as being “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology”.

But which patents are we talking about? Let’s take a quick look at the patent landscape done with our software:

Since 2005 Tesla Motors Inc. registered more than 100 inventions in the fields of batteries (in specific charging and management aspects), electric motor and sunroof. This led to more than 300 patent publications worldwide.

Tesla’s most significant inventors are Weston Arthur Hermann, Scott Ira Kohn, Kurt Russel Kelty and Jeffrey Brian Straubel. They could see their inventions in the cars of Tesla’s competitors soon.

But as Musk ends his post: “We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position.”

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