Waymo’s recently filed case against Uber continues to unfold with some potentially important developments. The case, which began in late February when Waymo (which shares a corporate parent with Google) accused Uber of misappropriation of trade secrets under the DTSA, patent infringement, and unfair business practices (covered by this blog here) had three recent decisions issue, all on the same day.
First, on May 11, U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued an order granting in part and denying in part Waymo’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The court’s order is sealed, and neither Uber nor Waymo have commented on its contents.
Second, Judge Alsup sua sponte referred the case to the United States Attorney for investigation of possible trade secret theft. Judge Alsup based this decision on the evidentiary record, which was described in detail in the aforementioned injunction decision (and therefore sealed). Continue Reading