Following on from its big intellectual property court win against Facebook over the Oculus virtual reality technology, games company Zenimax has turned its attention to Samsung over its Samsung Gear VR headset.
The company is suing Samsung, claiming that the company's Gear headsets use Oculus technology. According to a law suit filed at a Texas court last week, "Oculus VR CTO John Carmack conceived of the idea that led to Samsung Gear VR while working at id Software's offices in July 2013", according to GamesIndustry.biz.
It added that he was joined by Matt Hooper, who had recently left Zenimax-owned Id Software, "and who Carmack had allowed into the office without permission outside of normal office hours".
Zenimax has already won one case against Carmack and Oculus, winning $500m from Facebook, which acquired Oculus for $2bn in 2014, in the process. It claims that the core technology behind Oculus was developed by Carmack when he was still employed by Zenimax-owned Id.
"Carmack secretly and illegally copied thousands of documents containing Zenimax's intellectual property from his computer at Zenimax to a USB storage device, which he wrongfully took with him to Oculus," was its argument in its legal fight against Facebook.
V3 has asked Zenimax for comment.
Following on from Zenimax's court win, Carmack launched his own legal action against Zenimac, claiming that he is owed $22.5m following the sale of his game studio, Id Software, to Zenimax in 2009.
But in a no-nonsense statement, Zenimax dismissed his claim as "completely without merit".
It added: "Apparently lacking in remorse, and disregarding the evidence of his many faithless acts and violations of law, Mr. Carmack has decided to try again."
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