Oculus Rift Is Officially Sued for Allegedly Stealing Headset Technology

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A gaming company has been claiming for some time now that the makers of Oculus Rift stole their technology, and they are finally going to court over the matter. Shortly after Facebook announced they were buying the maker of the Oculus Rift headset for upwards of $2 billion, ZeniMax started claiming the technology behind this headset was Oculus's to sell. ZeniMax Media sent letters to Oculus and Facebook, claiming Oculus employee John Carmack "improperly took ZeniMax's intellectual property with him to Oculus." Carmack was a former id Software (owned by ZeniMax) employee. 

In a statement released Wednesday, ZeniMax says they have filed a lawsuit against Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and the company itself, claiming "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."

Oculus rejected the notion as ridiculous when letters first started coming from ZeniMax and upholds the same sentiment now, "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." 

Facebook has not yet made a statement about the lawsuit, though considering ZeniMax could not identify a single line of stolen code upon Oculus' request, they might have nothing to worry about. 

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