Zillow Claims Trade Secrets Protection Over Machine Learning Algorithms; Sues Compass for Theft

Many companies are currently racing to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate and augment various aspects of their businesses. Those who have succeeded and have gained the first-mover advantage are facing the challenge of keeping key employees who have helped them build the technology because these individuals become a primary target for poaching by competitors. Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Tesla, and many other companies that have internally developed cutting edge technologies, have all had to file suits to prevent their employees from taking the trade secrets associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning to competitors.  Most recently, Zillow has joined their ranks. Zillow, company that created the first online real estate marketplace, claims that it has been able to maintain its competitive edge since 2004 by investing into “search relevance and user personalization technologies, including Personalization Algorithms” to…

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