May 15, 2017

Uber must return stolen files to Waymo, US judge orders

Uber must urgently return stolen files to Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car division, a US judge has ordered. The San Francisco judge also banned a top Uber engineer from involvement in certain work for the ride-hailing firm's autonomous driving project. "The bottom line is the evidence indicates that Uber hired Levandowski even though it knew or should have known that he possessed over 14,000 confidential Waymo files likely containing Waymo's intellectual property," Alsup wrote. Uber must return the documents either to Waymo or the court by the end of this month. "We are pleased with the court's ruling that Uber can continue building and utilizing all of its self-driving technology, including our innovation around Lidar," Uber spokeswoman Chelsea Kohler said.

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