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2014 Tesla Model S P85 with a price tag of just over $124, 000 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Rafal Gerszak For The Globe and Mail)
2014 Tesla Model S P85 with a price tag of just over $124, 000 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Rafal Gerszak For The Globe and Mail)

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Tesla to share patents to spur electric car development Add to ...

Tesla Motors Inc. 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 CEO Elon Musk said the company would not take legal action against anyone who “in good faith, wants to use our technology.”

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Musk said on the company’s website that the industry would benefit from open-source sharing of technologies. He said Tesla 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.”

Musk said the move included all of Tesla’s patents, including several hundred current ones and several thousand in the future. Investors should not worry that the decision would hit Tesla’s bottom line, he told reporters on a conference call.

“It doesn’t really harm Tesla but helps the industry,” Musk said, “and I think actually it will help Tesla, mostly with respect to attracting and motivating the world’s best technical talent.”

He said investors should be more concerned about whether a company is able to attract and motivate the best talent than the contents of its patent portfolio.

Tesla shares were up 0.1 per cent at $204.72 (U.S.) in Thursday afternoon trading.

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