Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. 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. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
This is groundbreaking news and show just how committed Tesla are in the electric car industry, not just their products. The company is going to share their patents with the hope that it will help advance the development of the electric car industry. Any company wanting to use Tesla tech to develop an electric car can do so without any hinderance by way of lawsuit.
Think about that for a moment. A company who had valid patents on a wide range of technology involved in their products is letting their competitors use the same technology without charge or risk of legal action.