Pardon for former Google engineer who stole commerce secrets and techniques
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer who was sentenced to jail final yr for stealing commerce secrets and techniques from the tech big associated to robotic autos.
Anthony Levandowski left Google in early 2016 the place he labored within the autonomous car division to begin his personal firm known as Otto. That firm was acquired by Uber for $680 million because the ride-hailing enterprise pursued its personal autonomous car division.
Earlier than leaving, Levandowski downloaded a trove of Google’s self-driving automotive expertise, main finally to 33 counts of mental property theft towards him. He plead responsible to 1 rely and was sentenced to 18 months in jail final summer season.
Levandowski was among the many greater than 140 individuals included in a flurry of clemency motion within the last hours of Trump’s White Home time period, which included former chief strategist Steve Bannon, ex-members of Congress and different allies of Trump and his household.
In a White Home assertion, the administration mentioned the pardon was supported by one-time Trump supporter and tech billionaire Peter Thiel, former Disney government Michael Ovitz, and Palmer Luckey, founding father of the digital actuality firm Oculus VR.
Levandowski thanked the president in an early morning tweet Wednesday, saying he was grateful for the chance to maneuver ahead.
Uber offered its autonomous autos improvement arm 4 months after Levandowski was sentenced.