A US judge on Friday governed that Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit Waymo should reveal files to attorneys showing Uber regarding Waymo’s partnership with Lyft, stating the data could be significant in Waymo’s prosecution blaming Uber of stealing some of its business confidential information.
Waymo declared in a prosecution previously this year that earlier engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded more than 14,000 secret documents before going to set up a self-driving truck firm, that Uber captured shortly later.
Uber refuses it utilized any of Waymo’s business secrets. A hearing is scheduled for October.
Waymo and ride-hailing service Lyft, which is a opponent to Uber, declared a partnership to acquire self-driving cars on the roads soon this year.
As part of its prosecution defense, Uber demanded files and other data regarding the agreement from both Waymo and Lyft.
In a governing on Friday, US Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley commanded Waymo to reveal due diligence files over the agreement, stating Uber could utilize them to evaluate Waymo’s dispute that it experienced financial losses from Uber’s behavior. Corley stated Lyft did not have to present any documents.
A Waymo representative did not have prompt opinion on the judgment.
Also on Friday, Waymo stated it would decline three out of four patent allegations it had registered against Uber, as long as managing one patent allegation over a circuit for its laser technology.
US District Judge William Alsup, who is inspecting the petition, had earlier stated Waymo’s patent allegations showed meritless.