The injunction by Zenimax is their next move in the legal battle between them and Oculus over a dispute on the technology and IP rights related to the Oculus Rift. Earlier this month, Zenimax won a $500 million judgment against Oculus and stated that they may be seeking a court injunction to half the sales of Rift units following their victory in that particular legal battle. Despite their loss, Oculus has stated their intention to appeal the ruling and continue fighting this battle in the courts.
Zenimax is looking to stop all sales of mobile & PC developer kits as well as the technology that allows integration of the Oculus Rift with the Unreal and Unity engines. If they can’t get the injunction granted, they have suggested an alternative of 20% of Oculus’ revenue for ten years. They have stated that they feel the $500 million judgement they won in the previous case is “insufficient incentive for [Oculus] to cease infringing”.
Meanwhile, Oculus has stated that they will file a counter motion to prevent the halting of sales of their hardware and software. They’ve stated that they believe the ruling in the previous case to be “legally flawed and factually unwarranted”. The original case settled earlier this month featured a number of high-profile witnesses including Mark Zuckerberg (owner of Facebook, parent company of Oculus) and John Carmack (longtime game developer, programmer, and CTO of Oculus). Mr. Carmack particularly took issue with the technical issues of the opposition’s legal case in a Facebook post where he expressed his frustrations with the expert witnesses and their analysis of the allegedly stolen code.
What do you think of Zenimax attempting to halt the sales of the Oculus Rift? Which company do you think is in the right here? Does the legal battle between the two companies impact your decision to buy a Rift in the future? Let us know in the comments below!