Oculus may have just celebrated the first anniversary of its consumer headset launch but a new lawsuit has put a dampener on those festivities. Tech licensing firm, Techno View IP Inc, has filed a lawsuit this week reportedly due to Oculus infringing a 3D imaging patent owned by virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturer ImmersiON-VRelia.
In a report by Reuters, the suit was filed in Delaware’s federal court on Thursday (6th April) by Techno View on behalf of ImmersiON-VRelia. As part of the lawsuit Techno View stated ImmersiON-VRelia’s chief executive, Manuel Gutierrez Novelo had acquired various patents from 2003 – 2006 relating to VR technology.
The specific infringement Techno View has based its claims on against Oculus and Facebook relate to a process of generating left and right perspectives for videogames. Additionally, the company also said further claims maybe added that relate to other ImmersiON-VRelia patents.
Oculus and Facebook lawyers are currently looking to have the verdict set aside.
This new lawsuit continues Oculus and Facebook’s legal woes after the recent Zenimax case concluded with $500 million USD awarded to the latter. A jury found the companies violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) but they were not guilty of misappropriating trade secrets. It didn’t end there, Zenimax wasn’t happy with the verdict filing an injunction in February planning to block Oculus from using the VR code used in its products.
Adding to the lawsuit soap opera, Oculus’ Chief Technical Officer (CTO) John Carmack has filed suit against Zenimax for unpaid fees relating to the sale his videogame studio id Software, which ZeniMax Media is refusing to either pay or let Carmack convert into ZeniMax stock.
The last few months have also seen a reshuffle of Oculus’ management, but the big news came a few days ago when it was revealed co-founder Palmer Luckey would be leaving Facebook after months of silence.
VRFocus will continue following the trials and tribulations of Oculus, reporting back with the latest announcements.