A former Google engineer was hit with legal prices Tuesday alleging he stole commerce secrets and techniques from the know-how large’s self-driving automobile venture and took them to Uber.
If convicted on the costs, Anthony Levandowski faces as much as10 years in jail and a nice of $250,000, in accordance federal prosecutors who introduced the legal indictment.
“All of us have the proper to alter jobs, none of us has the proper to fill our pockets on the way in which out the door,” US Lawyer David Anderson mentioned in a launch asserting 33 counts of theft and tried theft of commerce secrets and techniques.
“Theft is just not innovation.”
Levandowski, 39, was a founding member of the group that labored on Waymo, a Google self-driving automobile venture that’s now a unit at mother or father firm Alphabet.
Levandowski labored on the venture from 2009 and was chief of the light-detecting and ranging (LiDAR) crew when he resigned from Google with out discover in January of 2016, in line with the indictment.
The previous star engineer left Google for his personal startup known as Otto, which was later acquired by Uber.
The theft allegations got here out in a civil case by which Waymo accused Uber of stealing commerce secrets and techniques. That case ended with a settlement between the 2 corporations final yr.
Waymo had alleged that Uber conspired with Levandowski, who in line with Tuesday’s indictment downloaded recordsdata that included circuit board schematics, directions for putting in and testing LiDAR, and an inside monitoring doc.