The lawsuit, coming on the heels of ZeniMax's $500 million judgment against Facebook's Oculus, alleges Samsung profited from technology developed by ZeniMax and misappropriated by Oculus CTO John Carmack.
ZeniMax alleges the Samsung Gear VR relies on misappropriated technology.
Three months after winning an award of $500 million in its lawsuit against Oculus VR, id Software parent company ZeniMax Media is setting its sights on another target: Samsung, and its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset.
Among other things, the Texas court filing claims that Carmack secretly brought Oculus (and former ZeniMax) employee Matt Hooper into id Software's offices to develop an "attack plan" for mobile VR, which Oculus would later take to Samsung.
A new complaint by ZeniMAx's army of lawyers suggests that Samsung's Gear VR 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". Before that, Facebook was ordered to pay Dollars 500 million after losing an intellectual property lawsuit to ZeniMax over its CR headset, the Oculus Rift.
And now, ZeniMax is going after Samsung's VR, solution, Gear VR. But that jury didn't find Oculus guilty of trade secret misappropriation, and here, it will need to argue that Samsung was an accessory to Oculus' misconduct, not that it was directly stealing ZeniMax's code. It also accused Oculus and its founder Palmer Luckey of "commercially exploiting" ZeniMax's computer code and trade secrets to develop its VR products.
With one case successfully dispatched, Zenimax has now turned its attention (and that of its lawyers) towards Samsung.
This complaint ultimately seeks damages and injunctive relief that will "fairly and fully compensate" the company as a result.
The suit alleges Samsung has profited from intellectual property first developed at ZeniMax.