In a settlement, Uber agreed not to use Waymo's software and hardware information. - Photo via Depositphotos.

In a settlement, Uber agreed not to use Waymo's software and hardware information.

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Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski was found guilty on one count of stealing trade secrets and has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, TechCrunch reports.

The sentencing is the result of a court case between Uber and Waymo, which was owned by Google prior to be acquired by Alphabet. A member of the founding team of Waymo, which was called Private Chauffeur at the time, Levandwoski left in 2016 to start Otto with other Google employees. Otto was then acquired by Uber less than a year later.

Google soon filed suit alleging that Levandowski stole trade secrets that were then used by Uber.

In a settlement, Uber agreed not to use Waymo's software and hardware information.

As part of his sentencing, Levandowski agreed to pay $756,450 to Waymo and a fine of $95,000. Levandowski will report to prison after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

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