“… These days [patents] serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors,” says Musk. In other words, patents don’t help the technological industry, they stifle it. They lead to more deliberation and attempts to control. Musk’s claim is that the electric vehicle industry can only grow with increased transparency.
By releasing control of the information, Telsa is encouraging more innovation that could ultimately lead to more supportive auxiliary technology for the company.