As the dust settles on Waymo and Uber’s surprise mid-trial settlement, the former combatants likely have turned their resources and efforts back to the prize: development and commercialization of the first self-driving cars. For nearly a year, the parties tussled in the Northern District of California over the rights to several technologies developed for the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry. Waymo LLC v. Uber Techs., Inc., No. 3:17-cv-00939 (N.D. Cal.). Waymo claimed that Uber, through the acquisition of co-defendant Ottomotto LLC, had misappropriated trade secrets developed by Waymo and unfairly accelerated its commercialization timeline.
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