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99 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 500 (2017-2018)
Waymo vs. Uber May Be the Next Edison vs. Westinghouse

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Note: Waymo vs. Uber May Be the Next

            Edison vs. Westinghouse





            Chloe  Margulis and  Charles  Goulding












                            Abstract



   During the late 1800's, significant debate resulted from the develop-
ment of new electric power supply systems. Whereas Thomas Edison sup-
ported growth of DC, direct current, supply, competitor George Westing-
house worked to make AC, alternating current, more widespread in both
rural and urban settings. This War of Currents is mimicked in the current
clash between Google and Uber over LiDAR technology in self-driving ve-
hicles. The study discusses implications concerning Google vs. Lber and a
comparison of this case to Edison vs. Westinghouse, its predecessor. A com-
parison is made between the similar decisions and actions of Nikola Tesla
and Anthony Levandowski, both of whom left one company to work on
personal technological ventures before being bought out by another com-
pany. An analysis is conducted concerning patents owned by Google, po-
tential patent infringements, and the impact this case will have on our fu-
ture, the growth of technology and autonomous vehicles, and intellectual
property law.

   Keywords: Google; Uber; Waymo; Edison v. Westinghouse; LiDAR; Driver-
less Cars; Technology; Intellectual Property; Patent Litigation.


99 J. PAT. & TRADEMARK OFF. Soc'Y 500(2017)

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