IMAX claims ex-employee stole its technology, fled to China

One of the new IMAX 3D digital projector's lenses is seen inside the theatre at Telus World of...

One of the new IMAX 3D digital projector's lenses is seen inside the theatre at Telus World of Science in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

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IMAX, the Canadian company that created the iconic, big-screen film format, is suing a former employee it claims stole its proprietary technology and fled to China to form his own film company.

IMAX sued Gary Tsui in Ontario, Los Angeles, as well as in Beijing, and despite reports that the two sides are negotiating a settlement, IMAX refused Monday to speak publicly on the case.

IMAX's expansion into the Chinese market has exposed the company to competition that allegedly doesn't play by North American rules. And IMAX's chances of getting retribution against its former employee are not strong, according to two intellectual property experts.


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