That is the heart of the suit. Waymo alleges that in December 2016, former Waymo self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski stole 14,000 files containing plans and technical specifications, then left the company a month later.

    The stolen documents included plans for Waymo's LiDAR system, the suit alleges.

    In May 2016, Levandowski founded the self-driving truck company Otto.

That's how you do it - catch them, let them found a startup, wait for someone with a lot of money to buy them for the intellectual property, and then sue the deep pockets.


Waymo allegedly found out by being inadvertently cc'd in an email from a supplier that disclosed the Uber circuit board design. I would assume that unnamed company signed a contract in which they promised not to disclose such information and obligated them to indemnify, and perhaps defend, Uber for any damages resulting therefrom. I am interested in seeing how they will play into this as well.

I can't imagine the reaction of the email sender when they found out what they had done. Wow.

posted by kleinbl00: 445 days ago