Tesla Motors opens up patent portfolio

Company pledges to allow others to use their patents in effort to catalyze adoption of electric vehicles

With vehicles that are 100 percent electric, and a business model that sells directly to consumers rather than through dealerships, Tesla Motors has made a name for bucking the conventions of most automobile manufacturers. Now, that pioneering spirit has been applied to the company’s robust portfolio of patents.

On June 12, the company announced that it will stop enforcing the patents that it holds, starting an open-source inspired program aimed at catalyzing the electric car movement. Tesla will still own the patents but has promised to abstain from litigation against companies that use those patents in “good faith.”

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Chris DiMarco

Chris DiMarco, Executive Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, has a background in multimedia production with previous involvement in projects in which he developed and created content...

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