Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison while leaving Donald Trump’s presidency, was also pardoned.
The amnesty was also supported by many Silicon Valley names, including investor Peter Thiel and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.
According to the news on the British broadcaster BBC, Levandowski was accused of stealing information about self-driving cars from Google when he was working at Google before founding the autonomous truck company Otto.
At the time of his sentencing in August, the judge declared that it was the largest trade secret crime he had ever seen.
The judge also described Levandowski as “a brilliant and pioneering engineer that our country needs.”
These statements were also included in the Trump administration’s amnesty note.
In the final hours of his presidency, Trump pardoned 73 people, including Anthony Levandowski.
Levandowski did not initiate his sentence due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
In February 2017, Google’s parent company Alphabet sued Uber for data theft, while the case was settled in 2018.
Levandowski had taken more than 14,000 files related to intellectual property from Google’s former driverless car division, Waymo, before leaving as an employee to form Otto, which was soon acquired by Uber.
Levandowski continued to lead Uber’s autonomous vehicle project during this period, but was laid off in 2017 due to the lawsuit.
Levandowski denied the charges against him.