A Tesla The super fan revealed that he was behind the company’s trademark applications for jets and boats, which he submitted in a bid to “help” Elon Musk.
In late December, a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office caused a stir by announcing that the Austin-based company could expand into motorcycles “not for land vehicles”.
Investing.com reported the submission for categories including motors for aircraft, boats and toys.
The apparent expansion came as shares of the disruptor surged in the final days of 2022, as investors await news of a record Q4 and full-year delivery statistics.
However, Tesla’s alleged sea and sky launches are actually the work of a self-professed fan, Jerome Eady.
Although the document signed on December 28 names Tesla as the owner of the trademark, it is actually Eady’s signature that shows the bottom line.
Earlier this week the application was listed as “pending work by an examining attorney”.
Speaking to Bloomberg on Wednesday, Eady said he was just trying to “help”.
Eady added that he actively filed after Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, suggested that its Cybertruck could be used as a boat.
Musk has previously thought about making electric planes – even confirming the batteries needed to make electric flight possible by 2024.
In 2021, the Twitter The owner added that he was “dying” to build a “supersonic jet”.
Eady confirmed that he acted without Tesla’s knowledge or consent.
Tesla and an attorney listed in the trademark filing did not respond to Fortune’s requests for comment.
The patent office also did not immediately respond.
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