Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Eon Musk has just effectively declared the idea of patents dead. He’s also taken an action that low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) companies such as Industrial Heat LLC, Defkalion and Brillouin should emulate.
In a blog post labeled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You” Musk effectively made all of Tesla’s electric car patents open sourced. That means anybody can use those patents on an electric car and Musk won’t sue them.
Musk’s action validates the open-sourced LENR development effort being undertaken by the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project. It also calls the whole idea of technology patents and their usefulness into question. Musk’s writing on the subject is intriguing and well worth taking a look here. He wrote:
“When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.”
Technology Billionaire Admits Patent System Doesn’t Work
That’s an interesting admission from a billionaire who made his money in the technology field. Among other things Musk created PayPal and zipped files for email. From personal experience he’s learned that that the patent system isn’t working and could actually be impeding technological progress. He also noted that patents provide little or no protection for most inventors.
“Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers,” Musk wrote. What Musk describes there is basically Google’s business model, ignore patents, make technology open sourced and spend the big bucks to hire the best engineers around. I haven’t heard Google’s stockholders complaining about that strategy lately.
LENR developers such as e-cat inventor Andrea Rossi and his backers at Cherokee Partners, Brillouin’s Robert Godes and Defkalion should follow Musk’s example and make their technology open sourced as Dr. Michael McKubre has suggested. Musk’s effort at Tesla would be a perfect model for the LENR field.
Musk has suggested that the world’s electric carmakers band together and create a “common rapidly-evolving technology platform.” In other words he wants to create a LINUX or Android of electric cars that anybody can duplicate and sell.
We already have the beginnings of a Linux of LENR with the Fleischmann Project’s efforts. Now just imagine the progress we could make if Rossi, Piantelli, Brillouin, Defkalion, Mitchell Swartz etc. would share all their data with the Project. For example Rossi might have solved a problem that’s been delaying Brillouin’s work and vice versa.
I just hope LENR pioneers pay attention to Mr. Musk’s startling course of action and learn from it.