ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, is suing another company after winning in a lawsuit against Oculus. Although that lawsuit will likely go on, ZeniMax is now suing Samsung for its use of Oculus Rift technology in Gear VR.
This lawsuit is only possibly because of their success with the lawsuit against Oculus Rift. It was ruled that Oculus must pay ZeniMax for copyright infringement and because Plamer Lucky broke NDA. This was a partial victory as they only received $500 million out of the $4 billion they were seeking.
Now ZeniMax is claiming that Samsung continued developing Gear VR using Oculus Rift technology despite knowing about the ongoing lawsuit between them and Oculus. They also state that Samsung did not ask for permission and even updated Gear VR after their victory in court. In addition they state that John Carmack came up with the idea of Mobile VR while still working for id Software. He then proceeded to allow Matt Hooper to see company files and came up with an “attack plan” together for mobile VR. Hooper then told contacts at Oculus about these plans. Subsequently Oculus would then provide these details to Samsung.
ZeniMax is seeking royalties, damages, and profit for copyright infringement and use of trade secrets. There is a possibility that the previous lawsuit is overturned however if not then ZeniMax has strong basis for the lawsuit against Samsung. Of course, nothing is guaranteed; Samsung has plenty of resources to fight the lawsuit.