Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski, Sentenced for Stealing Trade Secrets, Pardoned by Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump stated on Wednesday he had given a full pardon to a former Google engineer sentenced for stealing a commerce secret on self-driving automobiles months earlier than he briefly headed Uber’s rival unit.

Anthony Levandowski, 40, was sentenced in August to 18 months in jail after pleading responsible in March. He was not in custody however a choose had stated he might enter custody as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic subsided.

The White Home stated Levandowski was “an American entrepreneur who led Google’s efforts to create self-driving expertise.”

The assertion added he had “paid a big value for his actions and plans to commit his abilities to advance the general public good.” Google didn’t instantly remark.

Levandowski transferred greater than 14,000 Google recordsdata, together with improvement schedules and product designs, to his private laptop computer earlier than he left, and whereas negotiating a cope with Uber, the place he briefly led its self-driving automobile unit.

The Levandowski case stemmed from accusations by Google and its sister firm Waymo in 2017 that Uber jump-started its personal self-driving automobile improvement with commerce secrets and techniques and employees that Levandowski unlawfully took from Google.

Uber issued firm inventory to Alphabet and revised its software program to settle, and the Division of Justice later introduced a 33-count legal indictment towards Levandowski.

Prosecutors accused Levandowski of stealing supplies in late 2015 and early 2016 after deciding to depart Google and kind his personal firm, Ottomotto, that Uber later purchased.

“I downloaded these recordsdata with the intent to make use of them for my very own private profit, and I perceive that I used to be not authorised to take the recordsdata for that function,” Levandowski stated in courtroom papers.

Levandowski, who filed for chapter on March 4 to barter his money owed, additionally agreed to pay almost $756,500 (roughly Rs. 5.5 crores) in restitution to cowl prices Alphabet bore aiding the federal government’s investigation, based on courtroom papers.

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