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Tesla Puts All Its Patents in Public Domain

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced last week that his company was placing its 203 patents in the public domain, to help speed up global production of electric cars. “Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately two billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis,” he wrote. “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent 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.”

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