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Entrepreneur sues Uber over claims of stealing trade secrets

Kevin Halpern founded Celluride Wireless, Inc., in 2002 with the aim of matching limousine and black-car drivers to passenger clients through mobile technology. Over a decade later, he is filing a lawsuit against Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets to create the now $41 billion company, according to the Recorder on May 14.

The lawsuit names Uber chief executive officer Travis Kalanick, Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, and other early Uber investors. The lawsuit alleges that Uber took the concept directly from Celluride.

Halpern is seeking $1 billion in lost profits, as well as additional punitive damages. Uber has so far denied the claim.

The attorneys of Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., know how important your ideas are. If you are facing litigation or need help seeking legal protection for your intellectual property, call our Dallas area offices at (214) 824-1414 today to discuss your situation with an experienced member of our legal team.

Former Air Liquide employee indicted for trade-secret theft

Mattias Tezock, a former chemical engineer at Air Liquide, was indicted in a federal court in Dallas for his alleged involvement in trade-secret theft.

Tezock is said to have taken information on how to produce and purify germane, a gas used in the semiconductor industry. He allegedly used the information to open his own company that deals with the same gas.

In an e-mail sent by Tezock’s defense attorneys, they said that after leaving Voltaix, Tezock applied and was given the patent for germane production and purification. This move has received no opposition from Air Liquide SA until this month’s charge, the defense said.

Our Dallas/Fort Worth attorneys at Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C. provide experienced legal representation to individuals and corporations with legal issues concerning intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, among others. Call us today at (214) 824-1414 or 888-312-1750 if you would like to discuss your legal situation.