Oculus Rift being sued for poaching tech

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (4 years, 2 months ago)

Oculus Vr is being sued by ZeniMax, the company behind id Software and Bethesda, for allegedly infringing on the company's trademarks and patents as far as their virtual reality technology is concerned. The company described the basis for the suit to the press, which was filed following a letter sent to both Oculus VR and parent company Facebook:

The suit arises from the defendants’ unlawful exploitation of intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrighted computer code, and technical know-how relating to virtual reality technology that was developed by ZeniMax after years of research and investment. ZeniMax provided this valuable intellectual property to defendants under a binding Non-Disclosure Agreement that specifies such intellectual property is owned exclusively by ZeniMax and cannot be used, disclosed, or transferred to third parties without ZeniMax’s approval. ZeniMax’s intellectual property has provided the fundamental technology driving the Oculus Rift since its inception. Nevertheless, the defendants refused all requests from ZeniMax for reasonable compensation and continue to use ZeniMax’s intellectual property without authorization.

Oculus VR released a statement in response, protesting their innocent. "The lawsuit filed by ZeniMax has no merit whatsoever. As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology." In response to ZeniMax's initial letter, Oculus VR has stated that "there is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in Oculus products."

So far, there has been no comment from Facebook on the lawsuit.

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