Former Google engineer Levandowski indicted for stealing trade secrets

Anthony Levandowski, Otto Co-founder and VP of Engineering at Uber, speaks to members of the press during the launch of the pilot model of the Uber self-driving car at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Uber launched a groundbreaking driverless car service, stealing ahead of Detroit auto giants and Silicon Valley rivals with technology that could revolutionize transportation. / AFP / Angelo Merendino (Photo credit should read ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2018, The New Yorker wrote about Anthony Levandowski – Silicon Valley was built on job-hopping. But when a leader of Google’s self-driving-car unit joined Uber, Google filed suit. Now the Feds are on the case.

Well, now he’s been indicted: Former Google engineer Levandowski indicted for stealing trade secrets.

It’s an interesting story and worth reading both of the above articles.

The criminal indictment alleges that Levandowski was in talks with Uber about that acquisition by September 2015—four months before he left Google. Additionally, the indictment says, Levandowski was by 2015 trying to sell several companies, including Uber, on his other side business, Tyto Lidar. (Google did not know about Tyto Lidar while Levandowksi was working for the search engine.) Otto acquired Tyto in the late spring of 2016, shortly after Uber said it would acquire Otto.

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