Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski was charged with stealing driverless technology from Alphabet’s Waymo unit, resurrecting the intrigue of the biggest legal battle to grip Silicon Valley in recent memory.
The indictment announced Tuesday by federal officials in San Jose, California, adds a new criminal chapter to the saga that hung over Waymo’s civil claims of trade-secret theft against Uber. Even after the companies abruptly settled the litigation in the middle of a high-stakes trial last year, questions remained about the fate of the mysterious engineer at the center of the turmoil.
Federal prosecutors finally provided answers with charges that Levandowski ”knowingly stole and without authorization appropriated, took, carried away, concealed, and by fraud, artifice, and deception, obtained trade secrets belonging to Google,” according to the indictment.
Levandowski’s lawyer, Miles Ehrlich, wasn’t immediately available for comment.
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