Elon Musk is a guy so rich that he builds real-life rocket ships for fun.
He also builds electric cars. Or, more accurately, he built a company, Tesla Motors, that builds electric cars. Before that, he made money by handling other people's money via PayPal. He grew up in Canada, so he's also a nice guy.
Evidently Mr. Musk is also something of a philanthropist, because last month he gave away Tesla’s patents. Yup, just gave 'em away. Want to build an electric car that competes with Tesla's? Knock yourself out; here's the key technology you'll be needing.
Well, at least that's what a lot of the press reports have been saying: that the CEO of Tesla Motors somehow gave away the company's crown jewels. In reality, he didn't give away anything, because that's not how patents work.
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