Tesla Seems To Recognize That Its Own Patents Are Holding Back Innovation
from the because-that's-how-patents-work dept
And this is a problem.
Hopefully, the rumors are accurate, and Tesla really is freeing up its patents, because Musk has always been a more visionary sort. He must realize that the business is selling the cars, and any advance that makes the cars themselves more useful makes them more valuable, and widespread infrastructure that helps his cars and which he doesn't have to pay for is only a good thing in the long run. For too long, the "typical" business wisdom from those who are too focused on permission-driven innovation is that you have to lock up everything. But toll booths create friction and slow down the opportunities for real innovation. It would be great to see Musk do "something controversial" like this, even if it's ridiculously depressing that this idea is considered even remotely controversial.
Monetizing each step of the process, even if it limits the overall market is what should be seen as controversial -- rather than sharing knowledge and encouraging others to build upon a shared standard that increases opportunities for the entire market.