The gloves are off and ZeniMax is officially taking Oculus to court over the Oculus Rift technology, claiming that they’re “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.”
In a press release earlier today, ZeniMax also stated that their “intellectual property has provided the fundamental technology driving the Oculus Rift since its inception.”
When questioned about the lawsuit by Kotaku, Oculus replied “The lawsuit filed by ZeniMax has no merit whatsoever. As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology. Oculus will defend these claims vigorously.”
Earlier this month, ZeniMax claimed that Doom co-creator and former id Software (a ZeniMax subsidiary) employee John Carmack had provided technology and information to Oculus prior to joining their VR team, thus helping them develop and market the Oculus Rift.
According to ZeniMax‘s lawyers, “It was only through the concerted efforts of Mr. Carmack, using technology developed over many years at, and owned by, ZeniMax, that Mr. Luckey was able to transform his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality”.
ZeniMax seems pretty adamant about their claim, but Oculus seems pretty confident in their defense. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out in court now.
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