Today Elon Musk announced via the Tesla blog that the company would "not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone, who in good faith, wants to use [the companies] technology." Citing annual vehicle production of close to 100 million and a global fleet of 2 billion cars, Musk contends that companies will benefit from a "common, rapidly evolving technology platform" and in fact need one in order to battle the grossly enormous amount of emissions and carbon crisis we fight today. Right on, Musk, right on.
You can read the full release on the Tesla blog: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/all-our-patent-are-belong-you
In the meantime, I'll be out securing one of these puppies for Synapsters to test on. All in the name of science.