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Uber accused of stealing trade secrets

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  1. Dreamer

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    Jan 19, 2015
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    A lawsuit against the ride-hailing company alleges the original technology used for its app was ripped off from another fledgling startup.

    Uber, which is facing lawsuits from drivers, passengers and regulators over its ride-hailing service, is now being accused of stealing trade secrets from a man who says he invented the technology behind the app.

    Entrepreneur Kevin Halpern says he founded a company called Celluride Wireless in 2002 that used mobile technology to match drivers with passengers. Halpern, who is based in California, claims he shared Celluride's trade secrets with Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick over a period of time beginning in 2006 and that Kalanick allegedly stole Halpern's technology and cut him out to launch Uber.

    Halpern "spent seven years developing technology that he claims is the basis of the Uber app," Halpern's attorney Christopher Dolan said during a press conference at his law office in San Francisco on Thursday. "He has been left out of the company."

    An Uber spokeswoman said, "These claims are completely baseless. We will vigorously defend against them."

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