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Model 3 patents

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by lunitiks, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. lunitiks

    lunitiks Memba

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    Couldn't find any threads on this topic.

    Here's some design patents that recently dropped. Note however that they were filed on March 30, 2016.

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    Head up display confirmed!
     
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    Looks like a spaceship.
     
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    There were also the design patents granted for the steering wheel and several wheel designs. Wonder how many more they have for the Model 3?
     
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    All Our Patent Are Belong To You

    What is the point of these patents now if they are free for others to use?
    Is this just a way to show other manufacturers design ideas so that they can copy them?
     
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    Self protection so no one else patent it and charge Tesla for license to use it.
     
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  7. BluestarE3

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    They still have patents; they're just willing to let others use their patented technology, in good faith, without worrying about getting sued for patent infringement. And I'm not sure their open source approach applies to design as well as technology. The design of a steering wheel, rims and trim pieces don't really help to "accelerate the advent of sustainable transport", which is the intent of open sourcing their technology patents. And I recall reading that Tesla did issue cease-and-desist orders to people/companies using their logo or logotype on products without permission, so I would think the same would apply to protecting the design of their cars.
     
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    What is the third one?
     
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    I believe they are turn signal lamps, but they could be side marker lamps toward the front (not the side marker lamps with the Tesla logo and AP2 camera of course).
     

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