Uber, Seeking Exit, Says $1B IP Claims Were Filed Too Late

By Kat Greene (July 14, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT) -- Uber Technologies Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to toss a $1 billion trade secrets suit accusing the company of stealing the seed idea for its ride-hailing service, saying the idea was hardly a secret and the complaint was filed too late.

Celluride Wireless Inc. owner Kevin Halpern, who claims Uber's founders stole the peer-to-peer ride-summoning cellphone technology he developed in 2002, filed the suit in state court on May 13, but Uber removed it to federal court on May 29, saying that federal jurisdiction applied because the case involves issues under the Copyright Act. Halpern said in June his...

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