Rivian charged for stealing trade secrets of Tesla through Ex-Employees
Yash Sapra, INN/Delhi, @infodeaofficial
Tesla is an American electric vehicle and Clean Energy company based in Palo Alto, California. The company specializes in electric vehicle manufacturing, battery energy storage from home to blood scale and, through its acquisition of SolarCity, solar panel, and Solar roof tile manufacturing. Through the recent reports, Tesla says it has discovered a disturbing pattern of former employees who took confidential information and trade secrets on their way to new jobs at EV startup Rivian. Tesla Ivan claims Rivian is knowingly encouraging this behavior and it is seeking unspecified punitive damages for what it alleges is despicable, wanton, oppressive, willful, malicious, and duplicitous conduct. Rivian calls the allocation baseless.
Rivian Is perhaps the richest EV startup in the world, having raised more than $ billion in the last year and a half. It’s slated to start delivering a premium electric pickup truck in early 2021. ahead of when Tesla’s cyber truck is at the same time. Rivian has hired some 2400 employees Ahead of this launch from top-flight companies across the automotive and industries, including 178 former Tesla workers according to the lawsuit with 70 making the jump directly. This lawsuit filed late last week’s names for former Tesla employees and Rivian as defendants, though Tesla says it has identified additional people who may have also stolen and broad confidential company information to EV startups. A spokesperson for Rivian said in a statement that ‘ we admire Tesla for its leadership in resetting expectations of what an electric car can be’.
“Upon joining Rivian said in a statement we require all employees to confirm that they have not and will not introduce their employers intellectual property into Rivian systems. This suits allegations are baseless and run counter to Rivian’s Culture, ethos, and corporate policies. Tesla says two of the name defendants admitted to taking confidential information. One is Tami Pascale, Who was a senior manager in the Tesla staffing department. Tesla says that one day after Pascale signed Rivian’s offer letter, she took at least 10 confidential and proprietary documents from the Tesla network, including candidate list, information about where the automaker finds potential hires, and a detailed internal write up of an executive-level candidate. Tesla says Pascale Initially denied this when confronted by the company’s investigative team in early July, but that she ultimately confessed to taking the confidential and proprietary documents. Pascale allegedly did not agree to delete the files though and the company claims she still has her work laptop. Tesla says she shared the screen of her phone with one of the company’s investigators, and that when she was asked to search for the company’s name, numerous files were visible but Pascale abruptly ended the session.