Tesla would like to share their patents with everyone, they announced today in a blog post. The company's technology patents were quite literally removed from the lobby walls of their Palo Alto headquarters "in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology."
Elon Musk is pretty serious about this. First, he wanted everyone in the electric car market to use their Superchargers, and now he is saying flat out "Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology." That's a bold move for any relatively new company, especially one which recently received an undesirable (and unrequested) S&P rating for being "vulnerable."
Musk initially "felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla." However, he believes the patents are stunting the overall growth of the electric car community. Because Tesla cannot "build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis," he is allowing others the opportunity to do so using their technology for the greater good.
Let's see if anyone takes him up on this offer.