Wang Jing, founder and CEO of JingChi, has left his position in the company. JingChi defines itself as a mobility company powered by artificial intelligence. The company is currently being sued by Baidu for RMB 50 million over claims of autonomous driving trade secret theft.

Baidu claims that Wang is using Baidu’s self-driving commercial secrets to compete against them. The company is saying that Wang Jing agreed to a non-compete clause and obliged himself to confidentiality in his contract. Baidu filed its lawsuit in December 2017 at Beijing’s Intellectual Property court.

Local media have speculated that Wang Jing had left the position because of the ongoing lawsuit with Baidu. According to comments from unnamed investors, the Baidu litigation against Wang Jing acts as a warning to those who “rebel” against Baidu. JingChi has confirmed that Wang Jing has stepped down as CEO but claims that the reason behind it is personal.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.