Uber has faced myriad controversies, but none of them is as existential a threat to its future as a patent infringement lawsuit from Google. On the surface, Google’s claim that a former employee passed design documents for Google’s self-driving car technology to Uber may look like a clear-cut case of theft. But as Bloomberg Businessweek reporters Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen explain, the events that preceded the alleged knowledge transfer paint a much more nuanced picture of the dispute. getAbstract recommends Chafkin and Bergen’s report to automotive industry professionals, patent lawyers and anybody interested in the background of this headline-grabbing case.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Google is accusing Uber of stealing its technology,
- Who is behind the alleged knowledge transfer and
- How Google is violating long-standing company principles by filing the lawsuit.
About the Authors
Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen are writers at Bloomberg Businessweek.