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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
From Reuters - September 16, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabets Waymo self-driving car unit said critical new evidence it recently obtained in a trade secret lawsuit against Uber means a U.S. judge should postpone a trial of the case set to begin next month.

Waymo claimed in a lawsuit earlier this year that former engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 confidential files before leaving to set up a self-driving truck company, which Uber acquired soon after.

Uber has denied using any of Waymos trade secrets. Jury selection in San Francisco federal court is scheduled to begin on Oct. 10.

For months, Waymo had been seeking to obtain a 2016 due diligence report that Uber had completed prior to obtaining Levandowskis company. Waymo hoped it would shed light on what Uber knew about Levandowskis downloads, and when Uber knew them.

A federal appeals court this week ordered Uber to disclose that diligence report.

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