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目前因美国公司的中国藉员工跳槽到中国公司引发的商业秘密纠纷频发,需要引起大家关注。

Ex-Tesla engineer admits to copying source code; denies wrongdoing

A former Tesla engineer has admitted in court to uploading the source code for an electric car autopilot function, but denies stealing trade secrets.

Tesla sued Guangzhi Cao at the US District Court for the Northern District of California in March this year, alleging that he stole confidential information before he began work at a rival Chinese autonomous car manufacturer.

In his answer to Tesla’s complaint, filed on Monday, July 8, Cao admitted to uploading the source code to his personal iCloud account.

But Cao denied Tesla’s characterisation of the information as trade secrets “on the ground that it is a legal conclusion to which no response is required”.

Cao claimed that, although he did not previously disclose making copies of Tesla files, he made “extensive efforts” to delete the files before leaving the company.

Chinese company XMotors offered Cao employment in December 2018. Tesla does not know when he started his new job at the Chinese company, but stated that his last day at the California-based company was January 4, this year.

WIPR has contacted XMotors for comment.

According to Tesla, “Cao still has, can access at will, and may be using all the source code needed to replicate Tesla’s proprietary autopilot technology, none of which he has a legal right to possess”.

DoJ indictment

US prosecutors have doggedly pursued those allegedly behind the theft of trade secrets for the benefit of Chinese companies in the courts.

In a separate case, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday, July 11, unsealed an indictment against engineer Xudong Yao for stealing trade secrets from an unnamed Chicago locomotive manufacturer.

According to the DoJ, Yao is currently at large and residing in China.

Prosecutors claimed that, within two weeks of being hired in August 2014, Yao downloaded more than 3,000 files relating to the system that operates the company’s locomotives.

After Yao was fired by the company for unrelated reasons in February 2015, he made copies of the trade secret information and began working for a Chinese automotive company.

Google翻译:

前Tesla工程师承认复制源代码;否认有不当行为

一位前特斯拉工程师在法庭上承认上传电动汽车自动驾驶仪功能的源代码,但否认窃取商业机密

特斯拉今年3月在美国加州北区地方法院起诉曹光植,声称他在开始在竞争对手中国自动驾驶汽车制造商工作之前窃取了机密信息。

在7月8日星期一提交的特斯拉投诉答复中,曹承认将源代码上传到他的个人iCloud账户。

但是曹否认特斯拉将这些信息描述为商业机密,“因为这是一个法律上的结论,不需要回应”。

曹声称,虽然他之前没有透露过制作特斯拉文件的副本,但他在离开公司之前做了“大量努力”删除文件。

中国公司XMotors于2018年12月提供曹就业。特斯拉不知道他何时开始在中国公司工作,但表示他在加利福尼亚州公司的最后一天是今年1月4日。

WIPR已与XMotors联系以征求意见。

根据特斯拉的说法,“曹仍然拥有,可以随意访问,并且可能正在使用复制特斯拉专有自动驾驶技术所需的所有源代码,其中没有一个拥有合法权利”。

DoJ起诉书

为了中国公司在法庭上的利益,美国检察官顽固地追捕那些涉嫌盗窃商业机密的人。

在另一起案件中,美国司法部(DoJ)昨日(7月11日)开始起诉一名工程师Xudong Yao因窃取一家未具名的芝加哥机车制造商的商业机密而被起诉。

根据美国司法部的说法,Yao现在已经在中国居住。

检察官声称,在2014年8月被聘用后的两周内,Yao下载了超过3,000个与运营该公司机车的系统有关的文件。

在Yao于2015年2月因公司无关原因被公司解雇后,他复制了商业秘密信息并开始为一家中国汽车公司工作。

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