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At Last: Microsoft's Anti-Android Patents Made Patent

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Patents have been a recurrent topic here on Open Enterprise, and mostly for the wrong reasons. But as a hopeful sign that things may be changing, here's an announcement from last week that gained quite a lot of attention:

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

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.