Tesla Motors to share patents to spur electric car development

Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:57pm EDT
 
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By Bernie Woodall and Dan Levine

DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Motors Inc TSLA.O on Thursday said it would allow others to use its intellectual property in hopes of speeding up development of electric cars by all manufacturers.

Tesla co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who "in good faith wants to use our technology."

Musk said on the company's website that the industry would benefit from open-source sharing of technologies.

He said the company was founded to speed the growth of sustainable transport.

"If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," he said.

Musk said the move included all of Tesla's patents, including several hundred current ones and several thousand in the future.

"We think the market's quite big enough for everyone," Musk said.

Investors should not worry that the decision would hit Tesla's bottom line, he told reporters on a conference call.   Continued...

 
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, waves during a news conference to mark the company's delivery of the first batch of electric cars to Chinese customers in Beijing April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer