ZeniMax Files Lawsuit Against Oculus VR for “Illegally Misappropriating Trade Secrets”

CEO Robert Altman says it "can't ignore the unlawful exploitation of intellectual property".

Posted By | On 22nd, May. 2014

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ZeniMax Media and id Software have finally filed a lawsuit against Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey for misappropriating trade secrets relating to VR, infringing on the publisher’s copyrights, breach of contract and much more. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas. This started when id Software founder John Carmack left the developer to join the team behind Oculus Rift.

Chairman & CEO of ZeniMax Robert Altman stated that, “Intellectual property forms the foundation of our business. We cannot ignore the unlawful exploitation of intellectual property that we develop and own, nor will we allow misappropriation and infringement to go un-addressed.”

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP partner P. Anthony Sammi, who is representing ZeniMax, stated that, “ZeniMax and id Software take their intellectual property rights seriously. We now look to the federal courts and will pursue all appropriate measures available under the law to rectify defendants’ egregious conduct.”

Oculus VR maintains that ZeniMax never contributed to either the company in any way. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.


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