China’s UCAR INC. (神州优车 in Chinese) has initiated legal action in California against former Baidu SVP Wang Jin and his startup, requesting that they cease of employment with its four former core employees at the company’s American subsidiary, local media is reporting (in Chinese).

UCAR sent lawyer’s letters to the four departed staff members on March 23, alleging that they have infringed on intellectual property and leaked commercial secrets of the company during and after their tenure at the company’s laboratory in Silicon Valley.

The four employees, who were in charge of the R&D of UCAR’s autonomous driving project, resigned en masse on March 14 and joined Jingchi Corp (景驰科技 in Chinese), a startup registered in California and set up by Wang Jin.

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Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.