n Without Prejudice - Elon Musk and patent soul-searching : intellectual property
|Article Title||Elon Musk and patent soul-searching : intellectual property|
|© Publisher:||JetBlue Publishers (Pty) Ltd|
|Publication Date||Aug 2014|
|Pages||28 - 29|
Elon Musk - the SA expat of PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla and Hyperloop fame - hogged the headlines recently when he announced that he would make the technology that's used in the Tesla electric car freely available. He's done this, he says, 'in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology', adding that if you want to take technology forward, it doesn't make sense to leave 'intellectual property landmines'. So the suggestion seems to be that Tesla won't be enforcing its many patents, but that there must be a bit of give-and-take by competitors: 'Somebody can't go and use a whole bunch of our patents but then sue us for using one of theirs.' And there mustn't be consumer confusion either: 'We wouldn't want someone to mimic our car... to trick people into thinking it's our car when it's not.'
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