Tesla Motors Patent Wall Before Removal


On June 12, Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted this on Tesla Motors’ blog:

“Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”

For those who’ve not seen the wall of Tesla patents that no longer exists, here are a few images (non-licensed, no copyright restrictions and free to use forever, of course) from Steve Jurvetson, Tesla Motors board member and the world’s first Tesla Model S owner.

Tesla Patent Wall

Tesla Patent Wall – Image via Steve Jurvetson

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Evil Attorney

“…no copyright restrictions”

Not true. Musk’s announcement had nothing to do with copyrights, only Tesla’s very narrow (i.e., not very valuable) patents. Giving up Tesla’s copyrights would allow competitors to wholesale copy any/all of their firmware/software and charger communication protocols.


“…no copyright restrictions” Not true.

I think the article means that the images are “non-licensed, no copyright restrictions and free to use forever”.

Evil Attorney

Ah, I see. Never mind then.

Jay Cole

Heeh, Eric was being ironic, (=


What are they going to do with future improvements? Apply for a patent and then open it up right away?