Waymo tries to tap the brakes on court showdown with Uber

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On Saturday, Waymo's lawyers asked U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who is presiding over the case in San Francisco, to push back the October 10 trial date.

No financial details of the deal between Intel and Waymo were announced.

"After claiming for months that it has irrefutable evidence of patent infringement and trade secret theft by Uber, Waymo's case has come to a screeching halt", Uber's lawyers wrote.

Waymo filed a lawsuit against Uber earlier in 2017, alleging that the stolen information became the technological basis for the company's self-driving cars.

Why? Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle spin-off, says it needs the extra time to go through a mountain of documents rival Uber just dumped in its lap.

Alphabet is also an Uber shareholder through its GV venture capital arm, but Waymo, a unit of Alphabet, is now suing Uber over self-driving auto technology.

In a court filing on Saturday, Waymo said the report contains critical evidence that necessitates further investigation which can not be completed by October 10.

For months, Waymo had been seeking to obtain a 2016 due diligence report that Uber had completed prior to obtaining Levandowski's company. Uber has not made a statement or clarified its stance over Waymo's latest appeal. According to the company, the "stolen data" comprised trade secrets, patents, and proprietary LIDAR system.

The secret documents handed over by Uber contain a due diligence report from cybersecurity and forensics firm Stroz Friedberg, which Uber hired to vet Otto before the acquisition. Instead, Uber has maintained that Levandowski downloaded the files in question so that he could use it as leverage to secure the bonus payments that Alphabet owed him. After leaving Waymo, Levandowski started his own autonomous truck company, Otto. However, Uber's stance was struck down in the court of law, when the judge noted that Wayo was well within the law in pursuing the case outside arbitration. Even as they battle it out in a court, Waymo's parent company Alphabet Inc is exploring the possibility of an investment from Lyft Inc, with an aim to battle arch-rival Uber for market share.



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