Zenimax Sues Samsung over Gear VR Headset, Alongside John Carmack (Again)



"Despite this awareness, Samsung nonetheless obtained and used ZeniMax's VR technology from Oculus, without ZeniMax's consent".

Even though it already won a huge settlement against Oculus earlier this year - to the tune of $500 million - ZeniMax isn't done with dealing with virtual reality companies in court.

Though the affordable mobile VR headset was marketed by Samsung, it was touted as being 'Powered by Oculus' and made use of its technology - which it again alleges the Korean giant was aware of being ZeniMax's intellectual property. Multiple outlets reported on the trial, and ZeniMax now says Samsung should reasonably have noticed and taken steps to stop profiting from Gear VR since it is allegedly "based upon ZeniMax's intellectual property".

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Carmack, whose company id Software was acquired by ZeniMax in 2009, was one of the driving forces behind the Gear VR. 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. Despite losing the case, Carmack still insists he's innocent of the accusations - and he will no doubt try to have a similar defense with this pending lawsuit.

Zenimax, fresh off its victory in a lawsuit against Facebook-owned Oculus, has now set its sights on Samsung and its Gear VR headset. Their suit claimed that Oculus broke a number of non-disclosure agreements, and that the Rift and its associated technology was essentially built using tech owned by ZeniMax. While software-related IPs were also part of ZeniMax's accusations that weren't proven in their entirety, it's still unclear whether that will be enough for a case against Samsung.

This new lawsuit claims that Samsung profitied from the misapropriated technology and that a former Oculus employee, Matt Hooper, was snuck in to the iD Software office by then employee John Carmack for a secret meeting. That's going to be a tricky situation in court, and ZeniMax is also going to have to prove Samsung was an accessory to Oculus's previous misconduct.