Tesla files legal action against Rivian for stealing trade secrets

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Tesla has just filed a lawsuit against Rivian, claiming to have stolen trade secrets and intentionally poached employees to gain insider information. Both at the same time, it seems, as the main issue seems to be with four particular (now former) Tesla employees taking away proprietary information that they shouldn’t have with them.Automotive News released an excerpt from Tesla’s lawsuit in a state court in San Jose, California. It says

“The hijacking of valuable Tesla confidential information by leaving Tesla for a new employer is clearly wrong and risky. This behavior would only be adopted for one important advantage: using it to serve the competitive interests of a new employer. ‘

The source also mentions that Rivian has so far denied the allegations, stating in particular that it requires new employees to confirm that they are not bringing the intellectual property of their former employers with them. Rivian’s official response also states that he

“Is made up of high performing, mission-driven teams, and our business model and technology is built on many years of engineering, design and strategy development. This requires the contribution and know-how of thousands of employees from all sectors of technology and automotive. ‘

Tesla was recently confirmed as the world’s most valuable automaker, its inventories are growing steadily and the company has taken the COVID-19 crisis very well, with production numbers only 5% lower than in 2019, even though its main factory was closed for several weeks.

Rivian is still about a year away from building its first production vehicle, but it also seems to be doing well. It already has prototypes and tests, and they’ve really got people excited, besides the fact that the company recently secured $ 2.5 billion in new funding after previously receiving $ 700 million from Amazon, $ 500 million. from Ford, $ 350 million from Cox Automotive.

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