If you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, wait, there's one last chapter.
As we reported in January, the remaining ODG patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never disclosed. However, we have a pretty good idea of where these ODG patents ended.
In a US patent application filed earlier this month, JGB Collateral (the ODG creditor segregated and abandoned the patent assets) for auction lists Mentor Acquisitions One, LLC as the acquirer of the patent assets. You've probably never heard of this company since the Delaware business was founded a few months ago, on January 16. But on further review, we found that Mentor Acquisitions One has exactly the same address as Magic Leap's seat at 7500 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, Florida.
Of course, if this address were a dense, highly populated part of New York City or San Francisco. It would be justified to believe that another AR-centric company might share this address, possibly on another floor of a skyscraper. However, this is not the case here as the Magic Leap headquarters (for a tech startup) is very unique – in a sprawling area and largely devoid of skyscrapers or tech startups.
Just a few years ago, Magic Leap held a special event showing the newly renovated space it had taken over long before anyone had shown it the Magic Leap One device.
As you can see from the images in the video below, the former Motorola building seems to be controlled and occupied primarily by Magic Leap. (Note: The facility once used an "8000 W. Sunrise Blvd." address, but in Google Maps, this location is the same as the current 7500 W. Sunrise Blvd. address.)
We asked Magic Leap for confirmation or disapproval of any official affiliation with Mentor Acquisitions One and at the time of publication of this report, the Magic Leap team has not provided any official response to our request for comment.
The lead patent in the lot is titled "Image An Expansion Optics for a Head-Mounted Computer" which the authors describe as "a head-mounted transparent display comprising a display panel adapted to generate image content light The combiner transmits scene light from an environment to the user's eye and image enhancement optics between display panel and combiner. "
Thus, there is a Opportunity The Other Mentor Company Called Acquisitions Man is wor king on AR, and only happened in the same building as Magic Leap in the unlikely neighborhood and building of 7500 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Plantation, Florida … that does not seem very likely.
The good news is that ODG patents did not seem to have been picked up simply by a greedy patent collector who wanted to use the assets in the legal department. Instead, it appears that ODG's auctioned patents have found a new company that will be able to lead their AR legacy into the future.