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Elon Musk’s Tesla Drags Australia’s Cap-XX to Court over EV Battery Technology


At Texas federal court, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Cap-XX, alleging that the Australian company’s supercapacitors used to store energy in electric vehicle batteries violate two US patents held by a Tesla subsidiary.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, swore in 2014 not to “initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” 

The firm claims that the legal action is in reaction to a claim of patent infringement brought by Cap-XX against Tesla subsidiary Maxwell Technologies in 2019.

Kayefi team gathered that the lawsuit was filed on Friday. 

In 2019, Tesla purchased Maxwell. Maxwell produces capacitors for electric vehicles that boost their capacity for energy storage, similar to Cap-XX. 

The supercapacitor electrodes that Cap-XX is accused of violating are what Tesla referred to as the “primary source of the device’s power capabilities.”

“Maxwell has a history of innovation that has resulted in its own patents, now assigned to Tesla, and thus Tesla brings this suit against Cap-XX to protect its intellectual property rights,” the lawsuit said.

According to insider sources privy to the matter, Tesla asked the court for an unspecified amount of money damages.


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