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The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday in a case involving a patent challenge that abstract ideas can be freely adopted.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday in a case involving a patent challenge that abstract ideas can be freely adopted.
(Alex Brandon/AP)

Top U.S. court on same page as Elon Musk

The U.S. Supreme Court is riding shotgun with Tesla Motors down the open road. The court unanimously ruled on Thursday that abstract ideas, even if run through a computer, can be freely adopted. Elon Musk, meanwhile, last week opened up the technology from his electric car maker. Both decisions spread an important message to the vicious world of patent fighting: Share, don’t hoard.