Tesla will use patents to subvert patent system Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has just opened up his company’s patents, saying that the company will not “initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” In a Thursday blog post on the company’s website, Musk described that Tesla has gone so far as to take down framed copies of the company’s patents that had hung in its lobby for some time. In a conference call with reporters also on Thursday, Musk added that the company plans on aggressively filing electric car-related patents and opening them to the public as a pre-emptive measure to thwart other companies or potential patent trolls. This also applies retroactively to all currently held Tesla patents. "I do think we need some patent reform, and I know there was almost some patent reform that took place,” he said. "No reasonable person would say that the current patent system is suited to foster innovation."
Forget batteries: future devices could store power in wires Batteries have always been one of the biggest problems when developing small lightweight electronic devices. They're big and bulky, taking up a serious chunk of the real estate inside your smartphone or tablet. So imagine if they could be dispensed with, and replaced by a new type of internal wiring that can actually store power inside the body of the wire itself. That's the goal of a team of nanotechnology researchers at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Professor Jayan Thomas and Ph.D. student Zenan Yu have developed a way to cover copper wires with a sheath made from alloy nanowhiskers, which then become one of the two electrodes needed to create a supercapacitor. Dr. University of Central Florida, via Treehugger
Tesla Motors: Please infringe on our patents for the greater good | VentureBeat | Business | by Eric Blattberg Patents no longer hang on the wall of Tesla Motors’ Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. The change in decor represents a bold, altruistic declaration from the electric car maker, which will permit anyone to use its electric-vehicle technology, patents be damned. “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a statement today, citing the spirit of the open-source movement. Above: A Tesla Motors patent. “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal.” Musk hopes the move will encourage large automakers to invest more heavily in electric vehicles, which still represent what he says is “far less than 1 percent of their vehicle sales.” What constitutes “good faith” use of Tesla patents remains unclear. Here is the announcement, in full. Powered by VBProfiles
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Tesla's Clever Patent Move Is Already Paying Off Tesla may already be reaping the rewards of freeing up its patents. Four days after CEO Elon Musk offered most of his company’s patents to rivals in hopes of cultivating a bigger electric car market, Nissan and BMW are “keen on talks” to cooperate on charging networks, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. That pretty much validates why the Silicon Valley company freed up its trade secrets in the first place: Tesla wants its superchargers to become the industry standard. That way, other companies will use and enlarge Tesla's existing network of 97 charging stations that currently dot a path across the continental United States, making it more and more feasible to swap fuel-burning cars for battery-electric ones, even for long-distance travel. Here's Tesla's current network of 97 charging stations: Think of electric cars in terms of smartphones. “It makes natural sense,” Carter Driscoll, senior analyst of clean technology at MLV & Co., told The Huffington Post.
Human stem cells used to create light-sensitive retina in a dish -- ScienceDaily Using a type of human stem cell, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of responding to light, the first step in the process of converting it into visual images. "We have basically created a miniature human retina in a dish that not only has the architectural organization of the retina but also has the ability to sense light," says study leader M. Valeria Canto-Soler, Ph.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She says the work, reported online June 10 in the journal Nature Communications, "advances opportunities for vision-saving research and may ultimately lead to technologies that restore vision in people with retinal diseases." The iPS cells are adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to their most primitive state.
Elon Musk won’t sue you for using Tesla’s trade secrets - Quartz We told you there was a strong chance something like this was about to happen. Today, “in the spirit of the open source movement,” Elon Musk effectively set all of Tesla’s patents free. He announced in a post on the company’s website: “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” And investors don’t seem thrilled. Tesla shares were up strongly before the announcement, but have since taken a hit and are now in negative territory. Musk, who has described the patent system as “farcical,” said Tesla only took out protections on its intellectual property for fear of being copied by big automakers.”The unfortunate reality is the opposite,” he wrote. So what will this mean in practical terms? I have previously argued that such a move wouldn’t be purely altruistic. Still, Musk’s is a refreshing change in attitude from the bickering over intellectual property so common in the technology industry.
What Tesla Knows That Other Patent-Holders Don't - Walter Frick by Walter Frick | 5:15 PM June 12, 2014 Tesla made a seemingly unusual move today: it invited competitors to use its patents, for free. In a post on the company’s blog, CEO Elon Musk declared that Tesla’s “true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.” Rather than worrying about car companies copying their technology, Tesla now hopes they will do so, in order to expand the overall market for electric vehicles. This counterintuitive strategy is more than good PR — although that too — say several IP experts. The first thing to note is that Tesla is not truly giving away its secret sauce, the source of its competitive advantage. A Tesla vehicle is quite literally more valuable than the sum of the parts, even when the value of the patented technology is included. But there is another advantage to the strategy.
Brevets et domaine public : Tesla et la voiture électrique Il est un volet de la propriété intellectuelle que l’on aborde rarement ici : la question des brevets. Il s’agit d’un titre de propriété industrielle qui confère à son titulaire (le fameux inventeur) un monopole d’exploitation exclusif sur une durée donnée. Pour stimuler concurrence et innovation, cette période est heureusement bien plus courte que pour le droit d’auteur : après 20 ans, l’invention entre dans le domaine public. Ainsi les médicaments génériques font leur apparition lorsque la formule chimique du médicament commercialisée par tel laboratoire pharmaceutique n’est plus couverte par son brevet.On imagine bien d’ailleurs les problèmes posés par les brevets dans le secteur de la santé, entre droit d’exploitation de l’inventeur et souci majeur et parfois crucial de l’intérêt général. Il n’y a d’ailleurs pas que dans la santé où ça coince. All Our Patent Are Belong To You  Tesla Motors a été créé pour accélérer l’émergence de modes de transport durables.
Engineers build world's smallest, fastest nanomotor: Can fit inside a single cell -- ScienceDaily Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to administer insulin for diabetics when needed, or target and treat cancer cells without harming good cells. With the goal of powering these yet-to-be invented devices, UT Austin engineers focused on building a reliable, ultra-high-speed nanomotor that can convert electrical energy into mechanical motion on a scale 500 times smaller than a grain of salt. Mechanical engineering assistant professor Donglei "Emma" Fan led a team of researchers in the successful design, assembly and testing of a high-performing nanomotor in a nonbiological setting. Fan and her team are the first to achieve the extremely difficult goal of designing a nanomotor with large driving power. Video: