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ZeniMax Sue Samsung Over VR

After successfully winning a legal claim against Facebook-owned Oculus back in January, video game publisher ZeniMax has launched a new lawsuit against Samsung over the company’s GearVR technology.

The new lawsuit accuses Samsung of profiting from the sales of “infringing works” and “use of trade secrets,” seeking royalties, injunctive relief and punitive damages.

ZeniMax claim that “as a result of the Oculus Action, and the allegations and verdict therein, Samsung knows, or reasonably should know, that the Samsung Gear VR a product marketed as being “powered by Oculus”—is based upon ZeniMax’s intellectual property and includes information obtained by Samsung from Oculus, Luckey, and Carmack in violation of the NDA, ZeniMax’s copyrights, and Carmack’s employment agreement.”

Samsung has yet to respond.

This latest move follows ZeniMax’s post-trial decision to file an injunction against Oculus and Facebook demanding all products using the infringing code be removed from sale.

Meanwhile, Oculus spokespersons have indicated the company was readying an appeal of the original verdict.

“The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor,” an Oculus spokesperson told Polygon at the time of the original ruling.

“We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one – developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate,” they said.

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