A former Tesla engineer admitted Monday that before leaving the company and joining a competitor, he had transferred the Tesla files to his personal iCloud account and created .zip files with the company's "Autopilot" trade secrets . Guangzhi Cao denies Tesla's claims that he committed a commercial secret theft.
"Despite vague insinuations in Tesla's complaint (and in his recitation of the" facts "above) that his trade secrets are" in danger "and that Tesla must learn what Cao did with Tesla's intellectual property In this case, Cao did not do anything with Tesla's intellectual property, according to a joint statement by Cao responding to the allegations of the electric vehicle company against him.
In this week's trial, Cao admitted that Tesla's accusations that he had collected a collection of intellectual property from the company were true, but claimed that his actions were described as commercial theft. Cao also admitted that he had not told Tesla that while he was still working for the company, he had collected the company's source code on his personal accounts, but that the company did not had never asked him the question after he left for Xiaopeng Motors (or XMotors or XPeng), a Tesla rival based in China. According to the filing, Cao created the .zip files by the end of 2018, was offered a job at XMotors on November 26, 2018, and left his job at Tesla on January 3, 2019.
Tesla filed a lawsuit against Cao in March of this year, claiming that he had loaded more than 300,000 files and directories containing the company's autopilot source code into his iCloud account, "connected to several times to secure networks of Tesla "to delete the history of its browser. recruited another Tesla employee to his current employer, reported the Verge.
"In the absence of immediate relief, Tesla thinks that Cao and his new employer, [XPeng], will continue to have unlimited access to Tesla's renowned technology, fruit of more than five years of work and an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, that they have no rights to own, "wrote the company's lawyers, according to The Verge. .
The admission of Cao this week is actually consistent with some of Tesla's charges: yes, he loaded a ton of the company's source code into his personal account, but no, he did not use that information for the benefit of from his new employer. In fact, Cao voluntarily offered to give him forensic copies of his personal electronic devices and all their contents so that Tesla could investigate, according to the joint statement.
"It's a lawsuit about common employee disengagement problems that Tesla could and should have solved, either through its own human resources or information technology policies," Cao writes in a joint statement. , or through a letter from Tesla instead decided to raise a public complaint in the first instance. "