Facebook to Pay $500 Million Over Virtual Reality Lawsuit
Facebook founder and CEO,Mark Zuckerberg, demonstrates an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset and Oculus Touch controllers as the gives a demonstration during the Oculus Connect 3 event in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2016.David Paul Morris / Bloomberg/Getty Images
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Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg told CNBC's Julia Boorstin that she was "disappointed in certain elements of the decision." Sandberg added she was "considering our options to appeal," and the verdict was "not material to our financials."
ZeniMax sued Oculus for allegedly stealing its intellectual property. The company claimed Oculus founder Palmer Luckey "commercially exploited" Zenimax computer code and trade secrets in order to develop its products. It also said Oculus' VR device Oculus Rift was "primitive" until John Carmack, Oculus chief technology officer and founder of a company owned by ZeniMax, improved on the device using his knowledge from his previous work as a ZeniMax employee.
Facebook purchased Oculus in 2014. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in court he was not aware of the intellectual property claims between Oculus and ZeniMax.
Michelle Castillo, CNBC
Michelle Castillo is a staff writer for CNBC Digital, covering advertising and digital media. Previously,she was a digital media reporter for Adweek, and has covered media and entertainment for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Time magazine. Castillo graduated from UCLA and received her master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.