To monopolise or to share - that is the question
Thomas Alva Edison went down in history as the inventor of the light bulb. He is present in almost every household with many of his over 2,000 inventions, more than 1,000 of which he had patented. It was these patents that helped him build a powerful group of companies, including General Electric, the National Phonograph Co. as well as the German Edison Gesellschaft für angewandte Elektrizität, later renamed as AEG.
Tesla Motors Inc., which is one of the most innovative companies of our time, is taking a different approach to the utilisation of its inventions. Tesla protects its inventions with patents as well, but makes them available to like-minded individuals and companies in order to promote the development of electric cars throughout the world.