Tesla Patent Wall - Old Look

Tesla Patent Wall - Old Look

It was only a matter of time, right?

Nearly 5 months ago, Tesla Motors made its patents open source.  Now, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tells USA Today that indeed some rivals have taken up Tesla on the patent-sharing offers.

Per USA Today:

"...at an event last week in Hawthorne, Calif., to unveil advances in Tesla's Model S electric car, Musk told USA TODAY that some rivals are starting to use the patents."

"We have had a number of inquiries from other car companies and we've told them to go ahead and use them," Musk says.

Separately, USA Today reports that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, made this statement to CNBC:

"I think he deserves more attention that we have given him.  In terms of the underlying business model and what he's doing, it's something we need to understand much better."

Source: USA Today