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Waymo Seeks Delay in Self-Driving Trade Secret Trial Against Uber

Waymo Seeks Delay in Self-Driving Trade Secret Trial Against Uber”

The trial is now scheduled to begin October 11.

Waymo, the self-driving auto company spun off of Google's parent company Alphabet in 2016, scored a major win earlier this month when a federal appeals court ordered Uber to hand over secret documentation related to the two company's ongoing legal battle.

For months, Waymo had been seeking to obtain a 2016 due diligence report that Uber had completed prior to obtaining Levandowski's company.

Waymo has been after the report in question for months.

As per Waymo, one of their engineers Anthony Levandowski had stolen their technology by illegally taking out 14,000 confidential files and opened up a trucking company called Ottom which was subsequently bought by Uber.

The Recode report also stated that the delay may also be used by Waymo and Uber to reach a settlement agreement. Waymo hoped it would shed light on what Uber knew about Levandowski's downloads, and when Uber knew them. However, it argued that it was exclusively done so that he could secure his bonus payment from Alphabet.

The court filing from Waymo revealed that the report has evidence that makes it easier for the company for further investigation which can not be done by October 10, the date when the next trial is scheduled.

But following the 13 September decision, Waymo has alleged that Uber and the firm that prepared the report, Stroz Friedberg, had "produced or made available a small portion of the material required". At that, the lawyers representing Waymo have yet to see the ins and outs involved in the preparation of the said report.

Alphabet Inc is now also in discussions with Lyft Inc about a possible investment, which would boost the No. 2 ride provider, as it battles rival Uber for market share.



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