Uber Exec Appeals For 5th Amendment Shield In Waymo Row

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The Google parent company claims that Uber's self-driving head at the center of the case, Anthony Levandowski, stole 14,000 files from Alphabet, where he worked on self-driving technology before leaving to launch autonomous truck startup Otto.

Waymo, the driverless-car arm of Google, sued Uber in February, accusing it of using trade secrets that had been smuggled away by former Waymo employee Anthony Levandowski.

Over the past months, Uber remained silent over allegations that it stole Google's self-driving technology by buying the company, Otto.

In the past one week this case has taken lots of twists and turns and its very interesting to see if Uber could withstand the allegations imposed by Waymo and get clean out of it.

Once a Google ally, Uber emerged as a rival in the self-driving auto market in early 2015 when it began developing its own fleet of autonomous vehicles.

US District Judge William Alsup has said, however, that he will not accept Uber's defence of being unable to find the files as a reason not to grant the injunction.

Till date, Uber is not being able to prove or justify its defense against Waymo's allegations and didn't co-operate with the United States district court with the orders related to searching for the 14,00 files in their database system.

The case doesn't look great for Uber, however. It said that the accusations were "demonstrably false".

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In a court filing with heavily redacted technological details, Uber adds that by late 2015 it had chose to develop a customized lidar system with an unspecified collaborator, and began work on a custom beam pattern.

The complaint added that Waymo "cannot show" that Uber misappropriated its trade secrets or infringed its patents.

Waymo's attorneys assert that not only do Uber's attorneys have sufficient access to Levandowski to retrieve these files, but that Uber is liable for his actions, since the company would have benefited from any trade secrets the executive allegedly brought to the competing ride-hail company from Alphabet.

Levandowski helped establish Google as an early leader in self-driving cars, earning him more than $120 million in incentive pay, according to information inadvertently revealed in court papers earlier this week.

Levandowski is now in charge of developing self-driving cars at Uber.

Uber says it hasn't found any evidence of ever possessing any of the files that Levandowski stands accused of stealing.

Levandowski has invoked the Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself, his lawyer said.