Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has never been one to shy away from controversy, or grandiose gestures (see: the Hyperloop project). After hinting at the news this past weekend, Musk announced today that all of Tesla’s patents are now open source.
From the mixed-up patent files of Mr. Heisenberg
The filing cabinets of the United States Patent Office do not immediately come to mind as a finding ground for interesting art, but the collective genius—both crackpot and legitimate—of America’s inventing class has, in fact, resulted in some killer line drawings.
For years now, the Oliver Gal Artist Company has been selling a great series of prints of just such patent file discoveries: reproductions of the original USPTO line-drawings of the accordion, airplane, baseball base, and more. To pay tribute to Breaking Bad, though, the Oliver Gal team had an interesting idea: what if they expanded the series to some of the show’s most identifiable props?
Patent trolls? You are probably too busy to study up on patent trolls right now, so here’s a roundup of what they are and why you should care about them.
The Army’s Secret Weapon Is This Quantum Physicist, Pioneer Of “Ghost Imaging”
Ronald Meyer’s is the most innovative man in one of the world’s most innovative organizations.
The U.S. Army just made Thompson Reuters’ list of the world’s 300 most innovative organizations after earning 300 patents in three years. At least 11 of those patents have Ronald Meyers’ name on them…
Read more about him here.
GE Offering Thousands Of Its Patents In Exchange For Innovation
General Electric, the inventor of inventing, is reinventing inventing.
"People will be able to use GE’s technology in the creation of their own consumer product ideas," the companies explained.
The move by GE follows in the footsteps of companies like Google, who recently contributed 10 patents to allow developers use. The Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge not only offers open source software, but also cuts down on the chances of lawsuits.
To understand the patent mess that is gripping Silicon Valley right now, you need to travel across the country to a dark-paneled federal courtroom in Norfolk, Virginia, just down the block from Bob’s Gun Shop.