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Rimon team helps self-driving startup XMotors fight against Tesla’s demands in trade secrets battle

News Zheng Liu Zheng Liu · Scott Raber Scott Raber · April 28, 2020

A Chinese self-driving car startup told a California federal judge that Tesla can't rifle through its intellectual property to bolster a trade secrets suit against a former engineer accused of downloading Tesla’s Autopilot source code before joining the Chinese startup.

XMotors.ai Inc., which is not a party to Tesla’s lawsuit against former Autopilot engineer Guangzhi Cao, who left Tesla to work for XMotors in early 2019, filed a reply brief staunchly defending its motion to quash Tesla Inc.’s subpoena for computers, documents and proprietary information, including XMotors’ source code for its own autonomous car program.

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Zheng Liu is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation groups. She regularly represents and advises Chinese and Taiwanese technology companies on a wide range of legal issues relevant to doing business outside China, particularly in intellectual property, technology law, commercial disputes, and international trade. With a background in both biology and physics, she works with companies in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, drones, internet, fintech, and life sciences. Some of the Chinese and Taiwanese companies she has represented are Foxconn, DJI, Tencent, Foxit, OPPO, Ubtech, Aopen, Acer, Nanya, and Xiaomi. Read more about Zheng here. 

Scott R. Raber is a Partner in Rimon’s Commercial Litigation and Employment Law teams. He specializes in complex business, employment, trade secret and fiduciary matters.  His clients include established companies, start-ups, professional groups, and senior-level executives across technology, financial, biotechnology, healthcare, manufacturing, and internet-related industries. Mr. Raber’s practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes, including those involving investor, shareholder and partnership rights; employment compensation and wrongful termination; trade secret theft; business torts; unfair competition; and consumer class action defense. Read more about Scott here.


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