Uber threatens to fire self-driving vehicle engineer in trade secrets case

Fernando Stephens
May 19, 2017

"In full view of the court, Waymo has presented strong evidence that Uber has stolen our trade secrets and used our confidential information", a Waymo representative said in a statement.

Levandowski found the Otto self-driving company in 2016, after leaving Waymo; Otto was then acquired by Uber.

The attorneys argued that the judge's order to Uber to force Mr. Levandowski to comply with the ruling or face termination violates decades of court precedent. "Competition should be fueled by innovation in the labs and on the roads, not through unlawful actions", Waymo spokesman Johnny Luu said.

After being denied arbitration to keep its court case from the public eye, Uber is appealing a judge's decision in another attempt to keep its major court battle over self-driving technology with Google's Waymo out of the headlines as much as possible. Not all of Waymo's 121 asserted trade secrets indeed qualify as trade secrets, he added.

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Uber's appeal to mitigate headlines is just the latest development in what has so far been an absolutely terrible year.

Waymo sued Uber in February for allegedly conspiring with Mr. Levandowski to steal Waymo files, in an effort to benefit Uber's driverless-car program.

Uber appealed on Thursday a U.S. court's decision to deny the company's motion to push its case to arbitration in the Waymo lawsuit, a court document revealed.

Alsup also ruled that Uber must by next month complete an investigation into the downloaded Waymo documents and provide Waymo with a comprehensive log of written and spoken communication between Uber and Levandowski regarding Lidar.

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