Facebook-owned Oculus gets patent infringement lawsuit

April 10
3:38 PM 2017

Oculus, a virtual reality (VR) company acquired by Facebook, was sued for patent infringement.

Reuters reported that TechnoView IP, a technology trading company, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Oculus and Facebook in the US federal court in Delaware on July 7 (local time). California-based technology licensing firm TechnoView claimed that the Oculus VR device 'Lift' infringed ImersiOn-VRelia's 3D image patent (US 7,666,096). The patentee, who is based in Spain, is entrusted with a patent for Emergency and is to develop a representative agency.

"We have used only patents in this lawsuit, but we can add patents in the future," he said. The company has developed a product family similar to Oculus such as VR devices that utilize smart phones, and the company has acquired several patents from 2003 to 2006. Other patents are also related to the future plans to add infringement plans.

In this case, Facebook became involved in the VR patent dispute in two months. In an infringement lawsuit filed by video game developer Zenimax in 2014 against Facebook, Oculus and company executives, Facebook lost in February. Zenimax claims that Oculus Lift is using software that used its code without permission. The Dallas federal court juror, who filed a lawsuit, was convicted of alleged infringement and was convicted of $ 500 million in damages. The lawsuit is expected to be prolonged as Facebook has announced its intention to file an appeal.

Facebook has suffered from a series of patent suits. In 2014, the company acquired Oculus at US $ 2bn, but its content is low and its competitors such as HTC and Sony are growing. The lawsuit is expected to further heighten business noise.

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