Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology
Eric Swildens had no dog in the fight other than intellectual curiosity. Article word count: 1218
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A lone engineer has succeeded in doing what Uberʼs top lawyers and expert witnesses could not—overturning most of a foundational patent covering arch-rival Waymoʼs lidar laser ranging devices.
Following a surprise left-field complaint by Eric Swildens, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has rejected all but three of 56 (...)