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Technology Tesla sued Rivian - e-pickup rival alleged to have stolen trade secrets

23:41  23 july  2020
23:41  23 july  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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Rivian-Fabrik im US-Bundesstaat Illinois. © Rivian Rivian factory in the US state of Illinois.

Has e-pickup maker Rivian Tesla stolen trade secrets and poached the rival employee? Tesla at least claims that and has now filed a lawsuit.

Rivian, a manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, had raised $ 2.5 billion in a financing round a few days ago . Rivian could outperform the competition with its vehicles called R1T and R1S because the e-pickups are scheduled to start in 2021. Tesla, however, will probably only bring 's Cybertruck onto the road in 2022. Whether this is the reason for the lawsuit against the rival can only be speculated. The only thing that is clear is that Tesla filed a lawsuit against Rivian this week. reveal secrets to Rivian?

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In the lawsuit, Tesla accuses the competitor of stealing business secrets and luring employees, as reported by

CNBC . Tesla even names some former employees who are said to have leaked confidential information about their ex-employer. Tesla even claims to have discovered a type of pattern - a number of employees who intentionally take their own business secrets with them before leaving for Rivian. And another complaint, Rivian, encourages Tesla employees to do so. A total of 178 of the almost 2,300 Rivian employees are said to have previously worked at Tesla.

Rivian, however, told CNBC that Tesla's allegations were baseless and would violate corporate culture, ethos, and internal policies. Anyone who joins Rivian must confirm that they are not bringing any previous employers' intellectual property into the Rivian systems.

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Tesla is not for the first time suing the competition for alleged secret theft and enticing employees. It was only in April that the startup Zoox, which specializes in self-driving cars and was just taken over by Amazon

, had reached an out-of-court settlement with Tesla and paid a sum of an unknown amount. A lawsuit was also settled against a former Tesla employee who later co-founded the startup Aurora in . Tesla in turn was sued in 2018 by e-truck rival Nikola . The electric car pioneer is said to have copied the Nikola One for his e-truck semi.

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