Should Tesla Be Worried About This $2 Billion Patent Suit?

A Tesla Competitor Just Sued The Electric Carmaker For Allegedly Stealing Its Electric Semi-Truck Designs

Now Nikola Motors has announced it is suing Tesla for $2 billion United States dollars in damages, alleging that Musk's company infringed on US patents received by Nikola for cab design features. The complaint outlines specific design patents for the Nikola One, the company's latest hydrogen-electric truck, it believes were infringed upon by Elon Musk's company.

On 22 September 2016 -four months after Nikola published its design, Aaron Hoyos, a recruiter for Tesla, reached out to Kevin Lynk (Nikola's Chief Engineer).

Nikola's complaint includes a few photos of the Nikola One, the company's hydrogen-electric truck that was initially unveiled in mid-2016. Citing six patents it was granted before Tesla unveiled its semi truck design in November, Nikola is suing for more than $2 billion.

Now, there's a $2 billion lawsuit to add to the mix.

Tesla has not yet begun regular production of its semi-truck, but plans to do so next year.

A Tesla spokesperson dismissed Nikola Motor's allegations: "It's patently obvious there is no merit to this lawsuit". "Salt Lake City, Utah-based Nikola claims it was issued 6 design patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office between February and April 2018 for its wrap windshield, mid-entry door, fuselage, fender, side cladding, and the overall design of the Nikola One". D811,944, D811,968 and D816,004 covering Nikola's hydrogen-powered trucks.




Nikola Corporation filed the lawsuit against Tesla Tuesday, May 1 in an Arizona-based U.S. District Court.

Almost three months after publishing its design, Nikola says Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his company was in the early stages of developing its own all-electric semi.

Nikola claims in its complaint that it has pre-sold about 7,000 trucks and that "total reservations are now worth more than $6.3 billion in revenue". "Upon information and belief, Tesla's market value jumped by roughly $2 billion after the Semi unveiling", the complaint notes.

Musk has been accused of using flashy new projects, such as $500 flamethrowers, hyperloop tunnels, and a semi truck, to distract from the cash flow and manufacturing problems the company is having with the core business at Tesla. To support the range-extender, Nikola has plans to build 364 fueling stations this year.

A Nikola spokeswoman said via email that the company won't provide additional comment on the lawsuit, which "speaks for itself".

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