At least one hurdle for China-based augmented reality startup Nreal becoming mainstream in the United States can soon be knocked down, thanks to the legal movements behind the scenes discovered Next Reality.
Back in January, Epic Games filed legal proceedings to prevent Nreal from using the name "Nreal", primarily in an effort to protect its brand, Unreal Engine, from being confused with the Chinese startup. Well, that situation has taken a new turn.
For those not followed at the end of last year, Epic Games filed an opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office against Nreal's attempt to trade its name in the US. .
In particular, the deposit stated: & # 39; & # 39; NREAL & # 39; and & # 39; UNREAL & # 39; are very similar visually. The only difference in spelling ̵
The claim is significant because the Unreal Engine facilitates the creation of augmented reality experiences and games for many developers, so the idea that there might be some confusion in the AR space is, well, not realistic .
Now it appears that in a fi Ling came in in August, Epic Games asked that the two-month trial (until October) was suspended while the two companies tried to work things out directly through a settlement.
"The parties are actively involved in negotiations for the settlement of this matter & # 39 ;, reads the document filed with the patent office. "Epic Games, Inc. is requesting that this procedure be suspended for 60 days to allow the parties to continue their settlement efforts."
The procedure should be resumed on October 14, but then on 17 October, Nreal (aka Hangzhou Tairuo Technology Co., Ltd.) submitted a three-month extension while the two companies continue to try to work things out without the involvement of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Of course this does not mean that the matter has been settled (or will be), but now that the two companies are working behind the scenes, a settlement of some sort now seems likely, assuming Epic Games is satisfied with the possible settlement.
Meanwhile, the legal case of Nreal regarding Magic Leap, in which the Florida-based company accuses Nreal & # 39; s founder of stealing trade secrets, will continue in January 2020, when Magic Leap and Nreal confront each other will meet the court to discuss the matter.
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