Uber has gotten a moment of relief amidst a series of legal cases that it is undergoing. The judge overseeing the case between Waymo and Uber has given permission for a delayed trial, upon request from Alphabet’s subsidiary. Waymo had requested for this delay, as they want more time to go through an unsealed report that they had come up with recently. The report is said to contain details of Uber’s acquisition of the startup Otto. The report could be the focal point of Waymo’s allegation that the ride-hailing company had willfully accepted stolen trade secrets to propel its project of driverless cars.
The new start date for the trial is December 4 and will last for approximately two weeks. However, Judge William Alsup has indicated that he will ask the jury to keep the week of January 8, 2018, open, in case the trial requires an extension.
The delayed trial is a victory for Alphabet, as it has sought additional time to study extra evidence involving its self-driving car technology. A Waymo spokesperson stated the company welcomed the court’s decision. Ever since the lawsuit was filed, it has been made clear that Uber acquired the company owned by Anthony Levandowski, who has a large amount of information that belongs to Waymo.
Further, the spokesperson stated the company has evidence of Uber using these trade secrets in its own technology. There is a flip side to the entire ordeal. Judge Alsup has suggested that Uber had tried hard to keep the usage of trade secrets hidden. But what he does not understand is that Waymo has not filed a case against Levandowski but against Uber.
If things go way Alsup is stating, then Uber might be able to avoid federal charges, and Levandowski may not be that lucky. This may be a disappointing outcome for Waymo. However, at this point the case is strongly in favor of the Alphabet subsidiary.