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Oculus comes back at ZeniMax for IP violation claims

The virtual reality company has responded to claims that one of its employees turned over IP that is essential to its products

Claims last week from ZeniMax, a video game company, that Oculus VR stole its technology sent a ripple of worry through those who had been following the Oculus VR purchase by Facebook. Facebook’s well-publicized acquisition of the virtual reality company has not been finalized, and an upset — or at worst, a legal brawl over the intellectual ownership of Oculus’ technology — would certainly put a crack in Facebook’s plan to purchase the company. 

ZeniMax sent letters to Oculus VR and Facebook claiming that a former ZeniMax employee, John Carmack, handed over intellectual property of ZeniMax’s not only after he left ZeniMax for Oculus, but before he quit as well.

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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