News and Analysis of Artificial Intelligence Technology Legal Issues

First They Wanted Data, Now Cyber Thieves Are After Deep Learning Models: Legal Response Options

Imagine you’ve spent months developing and deploying a revenue-generating deep neural network model only to discover that an attacker has stolen the model’s knowledge and will soon offer a service that will steer potential users away from yours.  Flashes of late nights and weekends spent collecting and cleaning data cross your mind, accompanied by a sinking feeling when you think about the significant monetary investment made in computation power.  The joy you felt finding just the right hyperparameters that made the model unique and, you hoped, lucrative are now in the past.  After second-guessing what technical measures could have prevented…

A Leaf vehicle equipped with sensors for enabling autonomous driving

California Court Agrees With Autonomous Driving Company’s Source Code Misappropriation Claims, Issues Preliminary Injunction

In WeRide Corp. v. Huang et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order granting a motion for a preliminary injunction and expedited source code discovery.  In doing so, the court concluded that plaintiff’s source code for Level 4 highly autonomous vehicles (HAVs) was a protected trade secret under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (Cal-UTSA).  The court also concluded that plaintiff was likely to succeed on the merits of its trade secret misappropriation claim against one of its former employees and a China-based company that the…