Waymo worried that Uber may steal a look at secret court documents
Google’s self-driving car unit Waymo has expressed concern that Uber Technologies’ internal counsel could steal a look at secret documents that it filed under seal in connection with its lawsuit against the ride-hailing company.
Waymo filed the lawsuit on 23rd of February, alleging that Uber’s laser sensor technology for self-driving cars is based on data stolen by its former engineer Anthony Levandowski, who is now working for Uber.
The lawsuit alleges that Levandowski stole nearly fourteen thousand digital files around a month before resigning from his job at Waymo to start his own company called Otto, a self-driving car technology provider.
Otto was later bought by Uber for $680 million, and Levandowski became the chief of the ride-hailing company’s autonomous car business.
In a response to a letter from Morrison & Foerster, Waymo replied to the court that it wasn’t opposed to any disclosure of its litigation materials, but on certain conditions.
The company said in a statement, “Instead, Waymo asks that such access is granted sparingly, and only after the attorney’s work responsibilities are sufficiently disclosed to ensure that there will be no possibility of (further) improper use of Waymo’s trade secrets by Defendants.”
The lawsuit filed in a San Francisco court seeks a preliminary injunction against both Uber and Otto. A hearing on the injunction motion is scheduled for April 27, 2017.