Facebook’s Oculus Sued Over Virtual Reality Patent

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Just two months after the $500 million verdict against Oculus VR LLC, a California-based technology licensing company, Techno View IP, has filed a suit against Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality subsidiary, alleging patent infringement.

The suit was filed at the US District Court for the District of Delaware, on April 6. Techno View alleges that Oculus Rift infringes its patented method of processing images to create three-dimensional virtual-reality images.

According to Techno View, Oculus infringes U.S. Patent No. 7,666,096, called “Method For Generating The Left And Right Perspectives In A 3D Videogame”.

The USPTO documents name one Manuel Rafael Gutierrez Novelo as the inventor of the technology and CEO of virtual reality headset maker ImmersiON-VRelia. Techno View IP licenses the patent from ImmersiON-VRelia.

 

According to the complaint, the patent covers the conversion of 2D images into 3D versions, with faster execution of gaming software through data compression.

The ‘096 patent is part of a family of patents that also includes US number 8,206,218, called “3D video game system”, and US number 9,503,74, called “System and method for decoding 3D stereoscopic digital video”.

Techno View IP is seeking compensatory damages, triple damages, a jury trial, attorneys’ fees and other reliefs as the court may deem fit.

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