Tesla Alleges Ex-Employees Working For Competitors Stole Trade Secrets



Tesla sued former employees last week, alleging that they stole trade secrets and induce them to benefit rival start up firms Zoox and Chinese EV automaker Xiaopeng, as stated by the International Business Times.

Astonishingly, Huawei was not mentioned in the suits.

The lawsuits seek compensation for the theft, together using one alleging that four former employees of Tesla, Scott Turner, Christian Dement, Craig Emigh and Sydney Cooper, falsified information for boosting Zoox’s warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations.  The suit maintains “obvious and intentional” usage of Tesla’s proprietary technologies by Zoox. 

The lawsuit says the former employees stole “pick proprietary Tesla documents useful to their company. ”

A second lawsuit claims that employee Guangzhi Cao stole code in Tesla’s Autopilot motorist assistance. The complaint alleged that Cao stole source code before suddenly quitting the task to combine Xiaopeng.  Cao supposedly copied over 300,000 documents of Autopilot source code. Xiaopeng’s investors include Alibaba and Foxconn.

The lawsuit says Xiaopeng introduced “Autopilot-like” comprises round the time it hired five Autopilot employees of Tesla, such as Cao. 

The lawsuit says:

“Tesla need to understand what Cao has performed with Tesla’s IP, to whom he’s given it, and also the level to which Tesla has been hurt. Tesla documents this litigation to compel the return of its IP and shield it and for all other relief as the facts may warrant. ”

Along with the suits aren’t without precedent.

For example, Apple recently sued a former employee because of stealing trade secrets onto its self-driving cars when they combined Xiaopeng’s U.S. subsidiary. Furthermore, Waymo sued Uber after one of its executives combined Uber since the mind of a self-driving car project. Waymo charged the employee stole information and Uber had to pay $245 million to settle the situation. 

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