Larry Page in Waymo vs Uber lawsuit claims ignorance, but aware of ‘repository thingy’

Uber’s lawyers were decidedly unsatisfied with the answers they received from Larry Page during a deposition in Waymo’s high-stakes trade-secrets lawsuit against Uber.

The attorneys are hoping to squeeze more out of the Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder than they got, and on Aug. 2 asked a judge to make Page sit for another two hours of questioning.

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun off by Google into its own business under parent firm Alphabet, alleges that a former Waymo executive stole 14,000 confidential files before decamping to Uber, which Waymo claims has incorporated some of the stolen technology into its own self-driving-vehicle program.

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Page had been ordered to provide a deposition, but his answers on July 17 were not particularly illuminating.

“Do you know the way that Google typically retains things, like source-code materials and design specifications, things like that?” an Uber lawyer asked.

“Yeah,” Page responded, perhaps raising Uber’s hopes for actionable insights.

“I’m not familiar with how we do that.”

Uber tried again. “Is there an online repository, or do… do you even know that?”

Yup, Page knew: “There’s some code-based repository thingy,” he replied.

The CEO professed ignorance of the matter at the heart of his company’s lawsuit — when asked if he knew what trade secrets Uber allegedly misappropriated, he answered simply, “No, I do not.”

To be sure, Page is in charge of a company with more than 70,000 employees around the world, and his firm has its fingers in many, many pies. He pointed that out to Uber when one of its lawyers asked him if the lawsuit was important to him.

“In some ways I would say yes. In some ways, no,” Page said. “The scale of our business, it’s not — you know, we have a very large business.”

Indeed they do. It also appears that Page has more than one large property that could be described as a “ranch.”

During questioning about whether the alleged purloiner of Waymo files had visited his home, Page was asked if he had a ranch property.

“Yes,” Page responded.

“What is it called?” Uber asked.

“I’m not sure which one you mean,” Page replied. “Maybe you can give me more context.”

A full transcript of the deposition has been posted by Business Insider.


Photo: Google CEO Larry Page in San Francisco in 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)


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