Founder of Facebook-owned Oculus hit with lawsuit

Builder of Rift headset stole idea, court documents claim

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Founder of Facebook-owned Oculus hit with lawsuit Facebook paid $2bn for Oculus last year in a bid to pre-empt the emergence of VR as a next-generation UI and gaming platform. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 24, 2015

The founder of Facebook-owned VR company Oculus has been hit with a lawsuit alleging breach of confidentiality and intellectual property theft in the development of the Oculus Rift headset, Reuters reported.

Palmer Luckey was recruited by Hawaii-based Total Recall Technologies in 2011 to work on a head-mounted display, but the company claims he took information learned during the project and applied it to the building of Rift, despite having signed a confidentiality agreement.

The lawsuit is seeking compensation and punitive damages, but no amount is specified, according to Reuters.

Facebook paid $2bn for Oculus last year in a bid to pre-empt the emergence of VR as a next-generation UI and gaming platform.

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