This week, a series of patent applications that were submitted to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in May 2017 were released to the public. 

The most prominent patent application by a former CEO of Facebook, Elon Musk, was filed in October 2016 and was granted in February 2018. 

Musk was then CEO of Tesla Motors from October 2016 until January 2018.

Tesla’s patents for electric vehicles have also been approved by the USPTO since May 2017. 

One of the patents, filed on July 29, 2018, described a “super-thin, light-weight, super-fast and super-capable vehicle”, a “low cost, low mass, high range electric vehicle” and a “multi-seat, fully electric car with a high-performance aerodynamic structure”. 

In another patent application filed in February 2017, Musk described a car that could “take off from the ground, cruise on water and land at speeds exceeding 100km/h, and accelerate from zero to 100kmh in just 3.5 seconds”. 

Other patents for the vehicle described the car as having a “high-performance, low cost, high performance aerodynamic and aero structure”.

In January 2018, the US patent office also issued two patents relating to the “transportation mode of an autonomous vehicle”, and “an autonomous vehicle with a self-driving system”. 

These patents were granted in January 2018 and November 2018 respectively. 

While Musk is the former CEO, his son and successor, Mark Zuckerberg, is the company’s CEO. 

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Zuckerberg said that he believes the patents granted by the Patent and Trade Office are a step towards “making the internet work for everyone”.

“There are many different things that we can do, and we’re not just talking about the internet of things,” Zuckerberg said.

“We’re talking about a whole set of things that will benefit people and will help our economy grow.

So we have to be careful in how we go about it.”

The internet is not just about getting people information, but also making sure they’re able to have their voices heard.” 

The USPTA is the patent office for the United States. 

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