cwerdna wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:01 am
Since I found previous discussion, I may as well add this here, as it points directly to Tesla's patent "pledge" and its fine print.
"Why Other Car Companies Don't Use Tesla Superchargers
Tesla says it will give its charging technology to any automaker who wants it. But the fine print makes this a terrible deal, even if it's free."
This article at Road and track is clickbait junk.
Ok, here's the so-called "fine print" this article is talking about. Although, it's not "fine print" as it's not in smaller text or obscured in any way. Reproduced directly from https://www.tesla.com/about/legal#patent-pledge
Tesla irrevocably pledges that it will not initiate a lawsuit against any party for infringing a Tesla Patent through activity relating to electric vehicles or related equipment for so long as such party is acting in good faith. Key terms of the Pledge are explained below.
A party is "acting in good faith" for so long as such party and its related or affiliated companies have not:
- asserted, helped others assert or had a financial stake in any assertion of (i) any patent or other intellectual property right against Tesla or (ii) any patent right against a third party for its use of technologies relating to electric vehicles or related equipment;
- challenged, helped others challenge, or had a financial stake in any challenge to any Tesla patent; or
The article also points to the end of the 2nd paragraph from the blog announcement at https://www.tesla.com/blog/all-our-pate ... belong-you
for the "good faith" term:
Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
This basically says as long as you aren't involved in (or have a financial stake in) a challenge to a Tesla patent, Tesla won't initiate patent lawsuits against you for using their IP.
As I said, this article at Road and track is clickbait junk.