As if Elon Musk needed any more hype this summer.
, is a viable alternative because it is cheaper and faster than other forms of transportation.
Designs for the Hyperloop
, which essentially functions by moving capsules within an enclosed steel tube at just beneath the speed of sound, were worked on by Musk and employees of Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
Cooley is no stranger to projects for Musk, but it was the firm’s work for SpaceX that led it to the Hyperloop. Brendan Hughes, an associate with Cooley in Washington, D.C., filed a trademark application for the method of intercity transportation on August 10,
according to records on file
with the Patent and Trademark Office.
Andrew Lustig, head of Cooley’s mid-Atlantic business technology group, is leading a team of lawyers from the firm’s offices in Reston, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., advising SpaceX on the Hyperloop project. He declined to comment when contacted by
The Am Law Daily.
At least one lawyer from Cooley—the firm would not allow its lawyers to be interviewed about their work for Musk—believes that its deep-pocketed client is without peer.
“Elon is a true visionary and great American industrialist, showing time and again that he can bring to the commercial markets what initially strikes the more ordinary amongst us as pure science fiction,” said a statement by Cooley litigation partner Michael Rhodes in San Diego.
Musk himself is quite accustomed to large legal bills.