After Winning Lawsuit Against Facebook, ZeniMax Sues Samsung Over VR

Lena Tucker
May 17, 2017

ZeniMax, the game publisher who has been in a legal fight with Oculus over its PC-based Oculus Rift headset for some time, is now dragging Samsung into court as well. The suit filing further says that Carmack had allowed Mat Hooper into the id offices without permission after Hooper was sacked from his position as creative director. It has filed a complaint against the Korean giant with the Texas court, based on its previous verdict against Oculus, with a demand for a jury trial. Furthermore, the claim could potentially require Sammy to pay damages for "infringing of protected works" and "use of trade secrets".

In the wake of the $500 million award to ZeniMax from the Facebook case, Carmack launched a lawsuit of his own against ZeniMax, seeking $22.5 million. Carmack is said to be closely involved with this VR headset project, where he also developed heavy software optimizations for seamless mobile usage. ZeniMax's remarks refer to the Gear VR (2017) that Samsung introduced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in early March before launching it alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

The full text of the filing can be found on Polygon.

"After providing Hooper access to the locked premises, Carmack left Hooper unattended, free to examine ZeniMax confidential materials, at which point Hooper went alone into offices where ZeniMax maintained and stored confidential information".

"Samsung, which had desired to release a mobile VR headset and sell greater quantities of its mobile devices, was aware, or reasonably should have been aware, that Oculus acquired its VR technology through this breach of the NDA and in violation of ZeniMax's intellectual property rights".

ZeniMax sued Oculus and its founder Palmer Luckey in 2014, alleging illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology.

ZeniMax's basic argument is that Samsung would have been aware of the lawsuit against Oculus, which was filed during the initial development of the Gear VR.

If you're wondering why Samsung would have known about this alleged infringement, ZeniMax has an explanation.

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