Waymo has asked the courts to ban Uber from employing what it claims is stolen intellectual property. The move comes a few weeks after the Internet giant filed a lawsuit alleging that the eTaxi giant stole key elements of its autonomous vehicle tech. The case argues that the defending party has stolen over 14,000 confidential documents, including information for the tech giant’s LiDAR tech.
Last month, the Mountain View tech firm said that Anthony Levandowski, Uber’s head of self-driving unit, stole key part of Waymo’s autonomous driving system before he left the company. The ride-hailing giant rebuffed the accusations at the time, calling them “baseless.”
According to the Verge, on Friday, the Google subsidiary filed the sworn testimony of Gary Brown, a forensic security engineer with the company. Brown claims that Levandowski downloaded the files from Mountain View’s repository that contains schematics, design files, and other confidential data relating to its autonomous vehicle project.
Recode notes that the testimony also claims that two additional workers who left Waymo to join Uber’s self-driving division Otto also downloaded and transferred the firm’s proprietary data to a personal device. The self-driving car business that spun out of the search behemoth initially decided to perform a forensic probe of Levandowski’s laptop after a former worker was inadvertently copied on an email from a supplier.
Google’s Waymo LLC has filed an injunction against the San Francisco eTaxi giant for allegedly stealing its self-driving technology. The tech giant said that its former software engineer downloaded confidential files related to its self-driving technology. It accused the on-demand car service of conspiring with Levandowski to steal key parts of Big G’s tech to speed up its development of self-driving cars.
According to The New York Times, the former Waymo manager installed special software that let him access the Google repository and download around 9.7GB of data. A few days later, he reportedly attached a memory card to his computer for eight hours.
An Uber representative confirmed that the company is reviewing the recent motions and called the suit “baseless” yet again. The Google subsidiary said that given the strong evidence, they are requesting the court to help protect the firm’s intellectual property, which is reportedly developed by its engineers over thousands of hours.
Waymo LLC, previously known as Google’s autonomous car project, has formally requested a judge to block Uber Technologies Inc. from operating its self-driving cars. The lawsuit is based on a very serious charge of intellectual property theft, and will be yet another serious challenge the ridesharing firm has to face alongside its several ongoing concerns. The app-based car service called the original lawsuit a baseless attempt to slow down a rival. A hearing for the injunction motion is scheduled for April 27.
By Anila Maring
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