Engineer Charged with Stealing Google’s Self-Driving Car Secrets

August 27, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle

Jim Pooley was quoted in an edition of San Francisco Chronicle on August 27, 2019. His comments are presented below, and you can read the full text of the article by clicking the "Read Article" button.

"...Levandowski is a standout among an elite cadre of engineers with expertise in autonomous driving, which is widely considered the future of the auto industry. In 2004, he was part of a UC Berkeley graduate student team that created a self-driving motorcycle to compete in early federally sponsored races. He went on to found a series of companies related to autonomous vehicles, some of which were acquired by Google and later by Uber.

“For a guy who was so smart, the way in which he (allegedly) behaved here was really dumb,” said James Pooley, a Menlo Park lawyer specializing in trade secrets.

In Silicon Valley, where job-hopping is almost obligatory, the case underscores why companies “have to be sober and clear-eyed about the risk you face when you hire someone from a competitor in a fast-moving field where there are a limited number of very knowledgeable people,” Pooley said...."

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