Tesla Applies For Trademarks Related To Solar Energy


SolarCity Residential Install

SolarCity Residential Install

Tesla now plans to acquire SolarCity and make both companies function under the umbrella of Tesla. Elon Musk made this information public last week. Shareholders and company boards on both sides will still have to approve the merger, but Tesla is wasting no time processing the necessary solar energy trademarks so that Tesla can sell and install solar products.

SolarCity and Tesla Model S

SolarCity and Tesla Model S

The day that Tesla announced the SolarCity deal, Ariana Hiscott, Tesla’s Trademark and copyright attorney, filed six applications related to solar energy. The trademarks cover cells, modules, sales, installation and repair.

Solar energy equipment, namely, photo-voltaic solar modules for converting electronic radiation to electrical energy; and equipment for use in collecting and converting solar into electricity, namely, solar cells and inverters.

Installation, maintenance and repair of solar panels and other equipment for use in converting solar energy into electricity; installation of solar energy systems and consulting related thereto.

The trademarks also allow Tesla the financing portion of solar installations and the rights to monitor the solar energy generation. All of the applications are specific to the ‘Tesla’ brand name.

Tesla, like many companies, may not use all of the trademarks that it applies for, but it is always better to act quickly and plan ahead. In the past, Tesla Energy applied for three trademarks: Powerpack, Powerwall, and Superpack. The Superpack trademark is yet to be used and there is no proof that the product will ever surface.

Once (if) the merger becomes official, Musk will begin to sell Tesla and SolarCity products with one sales team under the same roof. The Tesla brand would take precedence, based on the way that the trademarks read, and the SolarCity brand will likely become a thing of the past.

Source: Electrek

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“Chevron with Techron” brand?… “Supercharge with (solar) Superpack”!

Modular stalls could be temporarily /permanently installed anywhere. No infrastructure needed except for clear skies.

When/If this goes through, I see an option to add a Solar PV system to your Model S/≡/X/Y order. Add a power wall (or two, or three, or…) and you’ve got a complete turnkey system with parts guaranteed to play nice with each other.


Hey, I already made them a logo 🙂

Nice take on including SpaceX in there too, modifying it into the Y!

Three bars under the model number indicates Nonsensical Mode™

ni-ice work, Kdawg!

“equipment for use in collecting and converting solar into electricity, namely, solar cells and inverters”

Interesting. I think SolarCity/Tesla sees that they are missing a key piece of equipment needed to link Solar PV arrays to Tesla PowerPacks . . . the bi-directional inverter, battery charger, battery controller hardware. Perhaps they are thinking of getting into that market.

And that is not a bad idea since that sector still has some profit margins and the current equipment available leaves much to be desired.

If I were SolarEdge, I’d be worried.

So no more Solar City sales people at Home Depot?

That always seemed a bit odd to me. If you are a real DIYer going to Home Depot then why not install it yourself? It’s not rocket science.

I once talked to this guy that converted a gas car to electric but then paid someone to install a solar PV system. I was astounded . . . converting a car is waaaaaaay harder than installing solar PV. But I guess the fact of having to deal with permits and utility scared him off.

How can Tesla even trademark “Powerpack” Isn’t a power pack a common term? My understanding is it’s very hard to trademark a term that can be used to describe common items.

Most rechargeable devices have what would be considered a power pack.

You sort of answered your own question. “power pack” is the common usage, where “Powerpack” isn’t.

It is a fairly poor choice though, since Tesla would not be able to stop anybody from calling their product “Power Pack”, and confusing consumers.

That’s fair. I assume they may have also trademarked “Tesla Powerpack” versus just “Powerpack” too, but I suppose removing that space may be enough for them to TM it.