“Elon on patent:”Lets say theres a bunch of people on a ship and theres bunch of holes in the ship and we’re quite good at bailing water out of our section and we’ve invented this nice bucket. It’ll be foolish of us not to share that bucket design. Because if the ship goes down, we’re going with it”
>He’s talking in the context of Tesla, though. It has more to do with the current state of the electric car industry and the strategic ranking of current and potential competitors. It’s in Tesla’s best interest for the electric car market to grow, and for that he needs more electric cars because the real competitors are cars that run on fossil fuels. Once (or if) the electric car industry is adequately large enough and relatively self-sufficient, Elon will stop providing his newest technology to other electric car companies because his concerns will be narrowed to the electric car market itself (as opposed to the car market as a whole now).
Lets not forget one of Elon’s other companies, SpaceX, does not make their technology public. The most pertinent information is kept in-house in the form of trade secrets, rather than publicly disclosing them as patents. [rckchlkjhwk](http://www.reddit.com/user/rckchlkjhwk)