Beijing time on the morning of June 18, according tomedia reports, the United States augmented reality start-up Magic Leap against its former engineers to steal technology charges were unsuccessful. Alphabet and Alibaba Group are investors in Magic Leap. On Wednesday, a federal judge in San Jose, California, granted a request for withdrawal from Chi Xu, an engineer who left Magic Leap in 2016.
The judge said Magic Leap’s allegationthat of Mr. Xu’s use of his own patent to make mixed-reality glasses was not sufficiently substantiated. But Judge Lucy Koh gave Magic Leap a chance to amend the complaint to address her concerns about the case.
The case was brought by Magic Leap last June, when several U.S. companies complained that Chinese companies were stealing intellectual property.
Wednesday’s withdrawal adds to the severance of Magic Leap’s lawsuit, which was once seen as the future of augmented reality technology. Bloomberg reported in April that Magic Leap had laid off about 1,000 employees, or half of its workforce, and would shut down its consumer business and shift its focus to corporate products.
Lucie Coe said Magic Leap’s prosecution “does not contain any allegations of specific ‘confidential information’.” According to Magic Leap, the company’s former engineer, Xu Chi, stole the confidential technology and founded his own company, Nreal, in Beijing, using Magic Leap’s technology to create its own augmented reality device, Nreal Light.
A federal judge gave Magic Leap 30 days to amend its complaint salleging breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition.
Nreal, Xu and Magic Leap did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The case is Magic Leap’s lawsuit against Xu Chi, case no. 19-cv-03445, U.S. District Court, U.S. District of California.