Sep 14, 2017 - Technology

Waymo drops remaining patent claim against Uber

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On Wednesday evening, Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving car unit, dropped its remaining patent infringement claim against Uber, which pertained to a LiDAR device named "Fuji," according to court documents. The move came after the ride-hailing company agreed to further redesign the device so that it doesn't resemble the patent.

  • In July, Waymo dropped all but this patent claim against Uber's Fuji device. It also dropped all patent claims against another device, named "Spider," after Uber promised it was no longer using it in its self-driving car development, though it's reserved the right to bring those claims back should this change.
  • Waymo spokesman: "Our goal from the beginning has been to stop Uber from using stolen Waymo technology and so we are pleased Uber is removing the design that infringes one of Waymo's patents... This agreement has no bearing on our trade secret claims..."

The case is scheduled to go on trial next month.

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