- Jun 2014
Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers. We believe that applying the open source philosophy to our patents will strengthen rather than diminish Tesla’s position in this regard.
"Technology leadership is....defined by...the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world's most talented engineers."
The key components of this applied "open source philosophy" seem to be about increasing input, visibility, and collective motivation by taking fear out of the interaction equation.
receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit