Tesla Looks To Escape Truck Startup's $2B Design Patent Suit

Law360 (July 10, 2018, 6:44 PM EDT) -- Tesla Inc. is looking to dismiss a $2 billion patent suit, telling a federal court in Arizona on Monday that its designs are different than those of Nikola Corp., which claims Tesla copied its midentry door, fuselage, front fender and windshield designs on a semitruck.

"Even a casual comparison between the ornamental features of the claimed designs and the Tesla Semi reveals that no ordinary observer could confuse the two designs," Tesla said in a bid to dismiss the case.

In May, California-based Tesla was hit with a $2 billion infringement lawsuit from the startup alternative fuel vehicle manufacturer Nikola, which...

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