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Oculus Hit By Patent Suit

Oculus Hit By Patent Suit

Facebook’s virtual reality unit Oculus has been hit by a lawsuit alleging it ripped off patented technology into its Rift headset from Immersion VRelia, a smaller competitor.

The suit alleges infringement of its 3D imaging patent owned by Immersion-VRelia.

Immersion-VRelia makes VR headsets similar to the Oculus Rift, as well as a VR device for use with smartphones. The company said in its lawsuit that Immersion-VRelia’s CEO, Manuel Gutierrez Novelo, attained several patents between 2003 and 2006 on various aspects of VR technology.

Oculus and Facebook, it said, specifically infringed a patent held by Immersion VRelia on a method of generating left and right perspectives in a 3D video game.

The suit comes as Facebook weighs its options following a US$500 million verdict in an unrelated lawsuit over its VR technology by game developer ZeniMax Media.

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