Devil's In The Details Of Tesla's Open Patent Pledge

By Ryan Davis (June 13, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Tesla Motors Inc.'s Thursday announcement that it will not sue other companies that use its patented electric car technology leaves critical legal questions unanswered that may discourage anyone from taking up the offer, attorneys say.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the move was spurred by his desire to promote the development of electric cars, but he specified that the company would not assert its patents against companies that use the technology "in good faith," a potentially huge loophole that any interested competitor will demand to be clarified, according to attorneys.

Good faith is in the eye of the beholder, so knowing...

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