After ZeniMax succeeded in a process successfully against Facebook and Oculus, another company is the turn. The next lawsuit is directed against the hardware producer Samsung, which worked with Oculus at Gear VR.
After ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, and Oculus were brought to justice and a compensation sum of 500 million US dollars was awarded, ZeniMax filed a lawsuit against Samsung. The kick-off is the Virtual Reality System Gear VR, which was developed in cooperation with Oculus. Oculus was previously accused of having erased program code created by the former ZeniMax collaborator John Carmack. And this code was obviously used in the development of the system software of Oculus Rift. Carmack switched to Oculus some time ago.
But why is Samsung involved in the matter? ZeniMax is of the opinion that the hardware manufacturer had knowledge of the court case against Oculus and still developed Gear VR without having obtained a permission. In the filed complaint against Samsung, as in the case against Oculus is referred to a violation of the copyright. This is a reproach for which Oculus was found guilty.
In the complaint, Samsung is also accused of embezzlement of business secrets, unfair competition and unjustified enrichment. In the process against Oculus ZeniMax could not get through on these points. The general lawsuit against Samsung could nevertheless be successful, since the system software of Samsung Gear VR presumably based on the same program code, which was already used in the Oculus Rift. Since Oculus has already applied for a renegotiation of the case, however, this copyright infringement does not appear to have been the last word.