Tesla’s Patent Giveaway Fuels Electric Car Enthusiasm

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk threw the automotive industry into a tizzy last week, when he announced that he was throwing open the company’s patents. Some hailed the move as yet more proof of the abysmal state of the United States patent system; others opined that it would give the electric car industry a boost; others just penned paeans of praise to Musk. But — and there is always a but — there were cynical reactions as well, with some suggesting that Musk was being self-serving rather than altruistic.

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