Zenimax had alleged developers at Oculus had misappropriated trade secrets from ZeniMax that were integral to the creation of the Oculus Rift VR headset.
ZeniMax, the media company which successfully sued Facebook's Oculus for $500 million (£387 million), has a new target: Samsung.
Bethesda parent company ZeniMax has filed a lawsuit against Samsung for its Gear VR headset. The company said in a May 12 complaint to a U.S. District Court that Samsung "was aware, or reasonably should have been aware, that Oculus acquired its VR technology" by violating its intellectual property rights. The proceedings are in infantile stages just yet, but the course of action is well-worth following, as the bill for Samsung may spiral into the hundreds of millions and pose serious considerations for the future of Gear VR.
Interestingly, John Carmack has also sued ZeniMax for the last portion of his id Software payout, which ZeniMax says it withheld as a result of the lawsuit. While the headset was released by Samsung, it's described as "powered by Oculus", with heavy software optimizations developed by Carmack.
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This latest move follows ZeniMax's post-trial decision to file an injunction against Oculus and Facebook demanding all products using the infringing code be removed from sale.
V3 has asked Zenimax for comment.
"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".
According to the lawsuit, Samsung would have been aware of the ongoing legal battle against Oculus and therefore it would have been aware of the origins of the technology used in its Gear VR. But that jury didn't find Oculus guilty of trade secret misappropriation, and here, it will need to argue that Samsung was an accessory to Oculus' misconduct, not that it was directly stealing ZeniMax's code.