ZeniMax sues Oculus for trademark infringements


Media company and owner of several game studios (notably id software, Bethesda) ZeniMax Media, has formally declared battle with Oculus VR over what they claim is intellectual property infringement.

The basis of the lawsuits stems from the defection of Former id software owner and ZeniMax employee John Carmack, who jumped ship to Oculus last year as their Chief Technology Officer at the same time was sharing ZeniMax trade secrets and technology with Oculus. “We cannot ignore the unlawful exploitation of intellectual property that we develop and own, nor will we allow misappropriation and infringement to go unaddressed.” said by current CEO and Chairman of ZeniMax Media, Robert Altman. The press release emphasizes that “ZeniMax’s intellectual property has provided the fundamental technology driving the Oculus Rift since its inception.”

In response, Oculus has denied that any ZeniMax technology or code was used in the development of their flagship VR technology. John Carmack himself also took to twitter earlier in the month to state that none of the code written at ZeniMax was used in the Oculus Rift.


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At the moment, we currently only have accusations from ZeniMax and no evidence has been presented. I suspect more and more details will surface as the case goes on. Who do you think is right? Tell us your thoughts!

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