Tesla Hit With $2B Design Patent Suit By Truck Startup

Law360 (May 1, 2018, 11:39 PM EDT) -- Tesla Inc. was hit with a $2 billion infringement lawsuit from the startup alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer Nikola Corp., which alleged in Arizona federal court Tuesday that Tesla stole its design for a semi truck.

The Utah-based Nikola, which shares a namesake with the California automaker founded by Elon Musk, claims that Tesla's electric semi infringes its U.S. Patent Nos. D811,944, D811,968 and D816,004 covering Nikola's hydrogen-powered trucks.

The Tesla truck copies the look of Nikola's windshield wrap, its fuselage, its mid-entry doors and its front fender, the suit claims.

"Tesla has never claimed that its design was unique," the suit...

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