It almost sounds like the Chinese variation of Waymo/Google versus Uber. Chinese internet behemoth Baidu, which has increased its efforts to develop self-driving cars, and created the open source system Apollo, sued its former head of development Wang Jing, claiming that he has stolen important IP on self-driving technology and poached employees from Baidu.
Wang Jing founded after he left Baidu the self-driving startup JingChi in April 2017. In September the company raised 20 million dollars in venture capital. The company also received a test permit from the California DMV to drive its self-driving cars on public roads. The company is also planning to test its cars in the eastern Chinese city of Anqing.
Baidu filed a lawsuit in Beijing, demanding 7.6 million dollars penalty as well as legal defense costs. JingChi is denying the allegation.
This article has also been published in German.