In a rare glimpse into the secretive Alibaba-Google-backed augmented reality startup, Magic Leap, the company has filed a lawsuit against two former employees, claiming they worked on proprietary robotics technology while building a similar project outside the company for over a year.

The company claims that Gary Bradski, a senior vice president at the company “was aware of and involved in projects and plans that involved deep-learning techniques for robotics.” Bradski and another Magic Leap employee, Adrian Kaehler, allegedly began working on a new company while still employed at Magic Leap.

Magic Leap has attracted its fair share of attention, in part because of its secrecy, and also because it has so far attracted over a billion USD in investment from the likes of Alibaba and Google, valuing the company at around 4.5 billion USD.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com