A three-week trial against Uber Technologies for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Google’s driverless car division Waymo begins in San Francisco on Monday 5 February.
SFGate.com reports that Waymo is seeking up to $1.8 billion in damages, according to a court filing, for alleged “unjust enrichment” by San Francisco-based Uber, the world’s largest ride-booking company.
Mountain View-based Waymo alleges that a former Google engineer who was hired and later fired by Uber stole secrets related to laser sensors that enable self-driving cars to identify their surroundings.
It says Uber claims in court papers that the allegations are “meritless” and “demonstrably false” and says its laser design is “fundamentally different.”
The case will be decided by a 10-person civil jury in the court of U.S. District Judge William Alsup. The jurors were selected on Wednesday. The lawyers’ opening statements and then testimony will begin in Alsup’s Federal Building courtroom at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
The report adds that witnesses in the trial are expected to include Google co-founders Larry Page, who is now Alphabet’s (Google’s owner) chief executive officer, and Sergey Brin; former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick; and Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who is alleged by Waymo to have stolen its trade secrets.