In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit
In response to a series of questions raised by District Judge William Alsup, Uber said that no one knew any Waymo acquired property information until the company had filed its lawsuit.
To recap: Waymo, automotive drive auto-driving Google Fathers of the alphabet, followed by Uber in the theft of trade secrets, as companies struggle for autonomous vehicles market.
All this happened after Anthony Levandowski, a key engineer who drives the self-driving car Waymo’s efforts, has left the company and founded an independent truck company called Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.
Waymo says, outside his door, Levandowski brought with him several confidential documents related to the patented design of Google Lidar, which they believe were later used in the creation of Uber autonomous personalized driving technology.
There have been several laps along the way, as both companies have prepared document discovery before the scheduled date of the October hearing.
But some of the most controversial battles leading to the trial were if Levandowski unloaded the files before leaving Waymo, whom he could share with and whom Uber’s alleged robbery knew and when.
On this front, Waymo supported qu’Uber knew Levandowski was in possession of material he would not have had, citing Uber deposits to support demand.
This includes a meeting on March 11, 2016, when he told leaders Levandowski Uber, whose CEO Travis Kalanick had about five discs of Waymo material he had discovered.
However, in today’s presentation Uber strongly opposed this argument, saying that he did not know documents Levandowski had stolen from Google or Waymo. Uber contends that his working agreement with Levandowski would not use the same information if he had.
Uber acknowledges Levandowski said he had “discovered” five data on Waymo data owner, but claims he did not know how he came to take possession of it. According to the presentation:
“Levandowski did not tell [Otto Lior co-founder] Ron that he had downloaded all of Google’s proprietary information for an undue purpose or deliberately had information from the Google owner with him when he left Google.
Instead, Levandowski reported that these five albums were still in him since working on Google.
In addition, when this information appeared, Uber Levandowski said the company would do nothing.
As the document says, “a lot Kalanick said Levandowski qu’Uber did not make such information, as Levandowski should not transmit such information to Uber and talk to his lawyer.”
Later in the day, the paper alleges Levandowski told the others that he had destroyed the records in question. As a result, Uber claims that no proprietary information is used in the development of its stand-alone vehicle program.
While the presentation today is the strongest and most complete statement in which Uber proclaimed his innocence in the matter, his struggle is far from over.
According to all indications, it appears that the two companies will continue to go to court in October, with Waymo trying to prove that Levandowski stole information that makes way for Uber’s Uber technology and trying to prove that this is not the case.
Updated: Waymo dispute the Uber account, natch. Legal statement from a Waymo spokesperson below:
“The evidence clearly shows that the stolen information has already made its way into Uber’s technology.We are not convinced by the Uber attempts to move away from a former star engineer.He paid $ 250 million for Uber knowing that he had particular information Waymo.
Instead of doing the right thing, Uber participated in a cover-up, drawing only Mr. Levandowski after his actions were exposed in a dispute. “