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Tesla’s Patent Pledge – Using Open Source Bait to Gain IP Leverage

Written by Samie Leigh Publicly traded companies often have significant value in their intangible assets. These assets can include goodwill, branding and intellectual property. Thus, it is prudent for an inventor or startup owner to invest in protecting their intellectual property. This includes protecting a patent portfolio. The Open Source Movement Recently, large companies have traded IP protection in exchange for removing barriers to technological innovation for others. This is a movement called “the open source movement.” Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, announced Tesla’s open source position in a company blog post in 2014. Musk explained, “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

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Overview of Intellectual Property Law for Architects: Copyrights

Written by Brandon Zuniga This article is part of a series of articles addressing intellectual property law for architects. Intellectual property law encompasses copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents. This particular article focuses on basic copyright law and copyrights for architects. Definition of Copyright Generally, an original work fixed in a tangible medium of expression is a copyright. For example, a computer hard drive is a tangible medium. Copyright protection covers the expression of an idea, such as a specific house, but it does not cover the idea itself, for example, any building functioning as a house. Additionally, copyright protection does not extend to features of a work that are purely utilitarian. Once a copyrightable work is fixed in a tangible medium, it is automatically

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