We’re starting to see what arguments in the Waymo v. Uber trial will look like

Enlarge / Anthony Levandowski, VP of engineering at Uber, speaking to reporters at the Uber Advanced Technologies Center on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (credit: ANGELO MERENDINO/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO—At a hearing that stretched for more than four hours yesterday, lawyers for Waymo and Uber hammered out the final rules that will govern what evidence is presented in their upcoming trial. Here are five questions that both sides view as paramount for getting their side of the story out to the jury.

Before that, here's a quick roundup of the Waymo v. Uber basics. Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming that Anthony Levandowski, a former Google engineer, stole 14,000 files just before he left Google to create his own startup, Otto. Within months, he sold Otto to Uber for $680 million and became the head of Uber's self-driving car project. Levandowski, who is not a defendant in the case, pled the Fifth Amendment rather than answer questions about the allegations. He was fired after he wouldn't comply with court orders related to discovery.

Uber denies any of the trade secrets ever got to its servers, and the company says its self-driving car technology was built independently.

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