Zenimax also alleges that Gear VR is based on Oculus software and thus infringes on technology and trade secrets owned by the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. The suit filing further says that Carmack had allowed Mat Hooper into the id offices without permission after Hooper was sacked from his position as creative director. That's. not quite accurate, but it makes sense that ZeniMax would try to widen its net and see what might stick after the potentially ambiguous ending of the previous case. As a result, a court ordered Oculus to pay $500 million to ZeniMax earlier this year.
The ZeniMax suit claims that Carmack gained his expertise as part of a ZeniMax team and used it to good effect at Oculus.
Elsewhere in the new legal filing, Zenimax once again claims that John Carmack secretly brought an Oculus employee into id Software's offices late at night to help formulate a plan for mobile VR that would eventually lead to the Gear VR.
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If you're wondering why Samsung would have known about this alleged infringement, ZeniMax has an explanation. That said, the court rejected the more sweeping claim that Carmack stole "trade secrets" from ZeniMax, destroyed evidence, or directly used copyrighted code developed at the company. 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.
The company is suing Samsung, claiming that the company's Gear headsets use Oculus technology.
The lawsuit against Zenimax continues the long-winding legal battle between Oculus and Zenimax, and with Samsung now joining the fray, there seems to be no end in sight.
"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".