Oculus rift: Facebook loses £394m virtual reality battle

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Tech giant Facebook has lost a $500m (£394m) court battle over the virtual reality technology behind it Oculus Rift headset.

After a three week trial, the jury decided that Oculus – acquired by Facebook three years ago – was manufactured using computer code written by game developer Zenimax.

Oculus said it would appeal against the "disappointing" decision.

Damages will be paid by Facebook, Oculus and Oculus executives – Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey was found to have breached a non-disclosure agreement.

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Zenimax chief executive Robert Altman said: "We are pleased that the jury in our case in the US District Court in Dallas has awarded Zenimax $500m for defendants' unlawful infringement of our copyrights and trademarks.

Oculus claimed a small victory after the jury found that it has not misappropriated Zenimax's trade secrets.

An Oculus spokesperson said: "The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole Zenimax's trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favour."

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