Tesla is developing its own supercomputer technology, according to lawsuit against ex-engineer

Tesla Inc† has sued a former engineer who alleged he illegally transferred confidential information about his supercomputing technology to his own computer and handed over a “dummy” laptop for inspection to cover up the theft.

Tesla is developing an internal supercomputer called Project Dojo to process massive amounts of data, including video from Tesla cars, and use it to autonomous driving software† Alexander Yatskov was hired in January as a thermal engineer to help design cooling systems for the computer, which generates a lot of heat, Tesla said in the complaint.

“These thermal designs and data are confidential and closely monitored within Tesla,” the electric car manufacturer said.

But Tesla said Yatskov admitted to downloading confidential information from his Tesla devices to his personal devices after being confronted. He handed over a “dummy” computer for Tesla inspection to try to cover his tracks, the company said.

Yatskov retired on May 2 and has refused to return the information, Tesla said in the indictment.

When reached by phone, Yatskov said he was not aware of the complaint and declined to comment immediately.

Tesla also accused Yatskov of lying in his resume about his expertise and work experience. He has also violated a nondisclosure agreement that prohibits him from disclosing trade secrets, Tesla said.

“This is a case of the unauthorized holding of trade secrets by an employee who, in his short time at Tesla, has already established a track record of lying and then lying again by supplying a ‘dummy’ device to try and cover his tracks. erase,” Tesla said in its complaint.

Tesla is demanding compensatory and exemplary damages and an injunction that would stop Yatskov from disseminating his trade secrets and instruct him to return all proprietary information.

The case is Tesla Inc. v. Yatskov, 5:22-cv-02725, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

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