The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, stood in the Dallas federal court on January 17th after being accused by video game publisher ZeniMax Media(ZeniMax) of stealing technology in 2014 in regards to Oculus.
ZeniMax claimed in court that Mr. Zuckerberg used ZeniMax's Virtual-Reality(VR) intellectual property, including the Rift headset, illegally. Mr. Zuckerberg denied that Facebook used the competitor's VR technology.
ZeniMax lawyer Tony Sammi told the jury that Facebook’s technology was not fully implemented when they acquired Oculus. He countered that "Improving on that technology doesn't make it yours." Sammi posed the question "If you steal my bike, paint it and put a bell on it, does that make it your bike?"
Mark Zuckerberg replied, "No," and then added, "The idea that Oculus’ technology is based on someone else's is just wrong." He also testified that he was not aware of any lawsuit against Oculus.
In the courtroom, Mr. Zuckerberg said, "It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they own some portion of the deal. Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before."