Hawaii-based Total Recall Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Facebook’s Oculus, virtual reality headset company. The company claimed that the founder of the VR headset broke a confidentiality agreement, and has filed a complaint as the US Northern District Court of California on May 20.
According to the lawsuit filed, Total Recall Technologies has hired Oculus founder Palmer Lucky to develop a prototype head mounted display in 2011. Luckey signed a confidentiality agreement, and obtained information and feedback during 2011 and 2012, to improve the design of the display.
Plaintiffs in the case Ron Igra and Thomas Seidi stated mentioned that they have shared information about 3D technology (including cameras and VR technology) with Luckey in 2010. Luckey has reportedly utilized the information during the partnership to develop his own VR headset Oculus Rift through a Kickstarter campaign.
Facebook acquired Oculus in March for $2 billion, and have been accused of “breach of contract and wrongful exploitation and conversion of TRT intellectual and personal property in connection with TRT’s development of affordable, immersive, virtual reality technology.” The lawsuit is seeking damages though the amount was not specified. A Facebook representative declined to comment on Friday. Luckey is also accused of contract violations and committing fraud to the firm.
Total Recall Technologies has brought in global law firm Quin Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, known for defending Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Google. The VR company stated that Oculus would suffer “irreparable” damage for breach of contract with TRT. Facebook-owned Oculus is set to ship the VR headset in the first quarter of 2016 that will compete with VR headsets like Sony’s Project Morpheus, Samsung Gear VR and others. Total Recall Technologies has filed the lawsuit at the right time, before the release of the VR headset.
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