Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey in Legal Fix; Sued for Using Confidential Information

Oculus VR is making lot of headlines lately. Be it the exclusivity of the Rift’s first version to Windows-powered computers or the company’s stand on allowing adult entertainment on the much awaited virtual reality headset, the latest one grabs the cake. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is facing a lawsuit for allegedly taking confidential information from a company he worked previously and passing it as his own.

Palmer_LuckeyTotal Recall Technologies, a Hawaii-based company, stated in its lawsuit that it hired Luckey to build a prototype head mounted display, Reuters reports. He was also made to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleged that Luckey used the feedback for improvement which he received from the company during 2011 and 2012 in his Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. According to the lawsuit, Luckey breached the confidentiality agreement.

Without disclosing any specific amount, the lawsuit sought compensatory and punitive damages. Global law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan represents Total Recall Technologies in this case. The firm’s major clients include Google and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

This is not the first time Oculus is facing a lawsuit. About a year ago, Fallout parent publisher ZeniMax accused Oculus VR of stealing virtual reality technology. This technology later became Rift.

Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion last year. It was the company’s first-ever hardware deal, as it pursued a way into the fast-growing wearable devices market. “We’re making a long-term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s daily life,” Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg had said then. He also stated that wearing the Oculus goggles was “different than anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.”

However, for the lawsuit neither Facebook nor Oculus made an official statement.


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