Tesla vs Ford: A battle for Model E

Tesla definitely has been making headlines.

Last year, the company garnered the highest ever Consumer Report score. Its Model S was adjudged as one of the best cars of the year by critics and enthusiasts.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk was also all over the media not only for releasing statements for the company but also for dishing out some controversial statements over a media article.

What could be filed under odd news, though, is Tesla’s battle with Ford for a patent on the “Model E” name.

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Tesla filed for the patent last year, in line with an earlier announcement of the model’s planned market release sometime in 2016 or 2017. It’s speculated that the 200-mile, third generation electric car model will be pitted against a BMW line.

However, Ford also filed a patent for the same name late last year. It is rather interesting to find the reason behind this, since Ford never manufactured a Model E. What it did release was a Model F in the early 1900s, later known as the “Delivery Car” and unofficially called Model E.

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Since then, Ford never claimed a patent for the name, and it has also not sold a “Model E” in over a century. It is believed that the name is being claimed for a concept car that will be unveiled in the future.

Who will get ownership of the name? Will this involve a big legal battle? Experts and enthusiasts will just have to wait and find out in the next few months.

Go to this Brad Lyerla LinkedIn account to get more updates on patent-related news.

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