Waymo drops most patent claims in Uber self-driving car lawsuit
There have been some great pauses between Waymo and Uber in today’s self-driving automotive technology. As a result, the scope of the case begins to focus as the two companies are preparing for a trial that will begin in October.
First, Waymo reduced his case, placing three of the four patent claims he made initially against Uber. Meanwhile, Uber has had the opportunity to present CEO Larry Page’s alphabet of why his company did not decide to join Uber under its freelance car program.
Waymo the arm of Google’s autonomous driving technology Parents of the alphabet filed the lawsuit in February alleging theft of Uber trade secrets intended to be used in their autonomous vehicles.
The case revolves around engineer Anthony Levandowski, including Waymo says he stole 14,000 documents before leaving the company and found Otto, an independent truck company that Uber was later acquired.
Waymo decided to file his claims in U.S. Patent Nos. 8,836,922, 9,285,464 and 9,086,273, noting that they were linked to a Uber design lidar independent previously known as “spider” that society they no longer use. The remaining patent application is a new version of the lidar technology called Fiji, which is still used by Uber.
A spokesman for Uber issued the following statement: “The Waymo withdrawal in three of its four patent claims is another sign that it is surpromised and can not be delivered.
They not only showed no evidence that one of the 14,000 files in question reached Uber, they now admit that the Lidar Uber design is actually very different from yours.
Faced with this stark reality, Waymo resorted to conspiracy theories that are not grounded in the floating facts, doing everything possible to emphasize sensation rather than substance. ”
In addition to the patent information, District Judge William Alsup asked Waymo to reduce his claims of theft of trade secrets of more than 100 to 10, which could be brought before a jury.
In recent months, the judge has urged both parties to simplify the scope of the case so that each can be sufficiently prepared to discuss the merits of the strongest claims after the discovery.
This occurred at the same time qu’Uber Waymo and addressed the data to be admitted during the trial.
On this front, the magic of Justice of the United States, Jacqueline Scott Corley, who oversaw the process of discovery of the cause, granted lawyers the opportunity to Uber to present the CEO Larry Page alphabet before the trial.
It is expected that these lawyers are questioning why the company has opted not to partner with Uber, a company in which it has invested, through its autonomous driving efforts.
The company also aims to remove the legal head of the alphabet, David Drummond, who was a member of Uber’s board of directors from August 2013 to August 2016. Corley ruled qu’Uber could present Drummond, unless Waymo foresees the call As a witness.
Waymo, meanwhile, continues to argue qu’Uber was aware of the confidential information Levandowski had taken before leaving Google. In a statement, a spokesman said:
“Anthony Levandowski directed the Uber self-driving program for more than a year after stealing 14,000 Waymo confidential files.
So he decided that now it is advantageous to ignore it, the truth is that Uber has supported the fifth amendment Levandowski to avoid self-incrimination in this case and continues to hamper the production of key documents at every step.
We have launched a lawsuit because we have found evidence that shows that stolen Waymo files made their way into technology and Uber, despite trying to distract Uber evolution issues, Waymo continued to build his case with more evidence discovered during an accelerated discovery. We hope to share this evidence in court. “