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Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

Former Head of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets

In one of the biggest cases involving the theft of intellectual property in Silicon Valley in recent memory, Anthony Levandowski, the former head engineer of Google’s self-driving car project, has agreed to plead guilty for stealing trade secrets from the technology giant and using them to launch his own self-driving truck startup Ottomotto.

Eric Walz2020-03-20 10:00 PT

U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

U.S. Justice Dept Charges Former Head of Uber ATG with Stealing Trade Secrets From Waymo

​The saga between Uber and Waymo over the theft of trade secrets continues on. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges accusing former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski for stealing trade secrets from the company’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo and taking them to rival Uber Technologies Inc.

Eric Walz2019-08-27 11:50 PT

Uber Kills its Autonomous Truck Plans 2 Years After Buying Self-Driving Trucking Startup Otto

Uber Kills its Autonomous Truck Plans 2 Years After Buying Self-Driving Trucking Startup Otto

Uber announced today it is shutting down it operations for the development of self-driving trucks. Instead the ride-hailing company will focus its efforts on self-driving cars.

Eric Walz2018-07-30 16:12 PT

Former Google Engineer at the Center of the Waymo v. Uber Lawsuit Goes to Trial

Former Google Engineer at the Center of the Waymo v. Uber Lawsuit Goes to Trial

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google self-driving car engineer accused of stealing trade secrets related to lidar technology is getting his day in court. Levandowski was a former technical lead at Google, where he oversaw the development of Google first self-driving car before leaving to start autonomous trucking company Otto.

Jeremy Carlton2018-04-30 17:22 PT

Uber Investor Files Suit Over Acquisition of Otto From Former Google Engineer

Uber Investor Files Suit Over Acquisition of Otto From Former Google Engineer

A Uber investor has filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company for failing to properly review company’s $680 million acquisition of a self-driving technology firm that wound up being accused of stealing trade secrets from Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc.

Eric Walz2017-12-14 14:42 PT

Waymo Drops Most Patent Claims Against Uber

Waymo Drops Most Patent Claims Against Uber

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, has dropped three of four patent-infringement claims in its ongoing lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. over the startup’s autonomous vehicle program.

Eric Walz2017-07-07 18:10 PT

The Head of Uber ATG Steps Down Amid Waymo Lawsuit

The Head of Uber ATG Steps Down Amid Waymo Lawsuit

As the legal battle escalates between Waymo and Uber over the alleged theft of intellectual property, one of the individuals accused of stealing it has stepped down from his current role at Uber.

Eric Walz2017-04-28 12:13 PT