At least one hurdle for China-based augmented reality startup Nreal, which is becoming mainstream in the US, could be removed by the background legal movements that Next Reality uncovered.
Back in January, Epic Games filed a lawsuit to stop Nreal from using the name "Nreal", primarily to protect the "Unreal Engine" brand from confusion with the Chinese startup. Well, this situation has taken a new turn.
For those who did not, Epic Games filed an appeal with the US Patent and Trademark Office late last year against Nreal's attempt to label his name in the United States.
Specifically, the application states that "NREAL" and "UNREAL" are very similar from a visual point of view. The only difference in spelling is that the filing mark lacks a single vowel contained in the opponent's UNREAL marks of appearance of the mark of the declarant from that of the opponent's UNREAL marks.
The claim is significant in that the Unreal Engine makes it easy for many developers to create augmented-reality experiences and So the idea that it could cause confusion in the AR sector is not unrealistic in a matter of fact. In August, Epic Games applied for suspension of the trial for two months (until October), while the two companies attempted to deal directly with the matter settle a settlement. "
" The parties are actively involved in negotiating the settlement of this lawsuit affair, "reads the patent filed by the Patent Office." Epic Games, Inc. demands that this procedure be suspended for 60 days to allow the Parties can continue their settlement efforts. "
The trial should resume on October 14. On October 17, Nreal (also known as Hangzhou Tairuo Technology Co., Ltd.) filed a motion and was deferred for three months, while the two companies continue to try to clear things up without the involvement of the trademark litigation and complaints body. Of course, this does not mean that the matter is resolved (or will be), but now that the two companies are working behind the scenes, an agreement now seems likely, assuming Epic Games is satisfied with the possible agreement.
Meanwhile, Nlear's lawsuit against Magic Leap, which accuses the Florida-based corporation, is set to begin. D Nreal's founder of theft of corporate secrets is expected to move forward in January 2020 when Magic Leap and Nreal meet in court to discuss the case.
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