Three companies, Gentex Corporation, Indigo Technologies LLC and Thales Visionix Inc., an involuntary plaintiff, have sued Facebook Inc. and Facebook Technologies LLC (along with Facebook) for their alleged unauthorized use and knowledge of the patented virtual reality (VR) of the plaintiffs. and motion tracking technologies. According to Wednesday’s complaint in the western district of Texas, the technologies are used in four of Facebook’s Oculus VR products.
The filing explains that Gentex is the exclusive owner of the field of use of the five claimed entertainment and gaming patents, which Indigo assigned its rights under its exclusive field of use license to Gentex on July 1. of 2021 and that Thales Visionix, Inc. is the sole and exclusive owner of the patents in demand.
Several of the five patents stated read, inter alia, “specifically configured head-mounted tracking systems and advantageous methods of use without sources, i.e., they can be used anywhere without configuring any external source other than the body of the user, making the systems more accessible, intuitive and easy to use. “Another improves tracking by using two points of an object to coordinate tracking, and another,” applying configuration information of the sensor to update the estimated position and orientation of an object ”.
According to the complaint, Facebook entered the VR device market with the acquisition of Oculus VR Inc., announced in March 2014. Allegedly that its second and third VR product and later models have a standalone headset that offers side-by-side tracking of the head and hands or “sourceless tracking”. In January 2021, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his belief that Facebook’s newest model, the Oculus Quest 2, is “on track to be the first conventional virtual reality headsets,” the complaint said.
The presentation states that Facebook had real and constructive knowledge of the patents claimed before, during and after the acquisition of Oculus. Plaintiffs point out that Gentex and Indigo contacted Facebook about possible licenses in July 2020 and again in January 2021 regarding the alleged infringement. Facebook reportedly took months to investigate its concerns, but so far has not agreed to a license agreement or stopped its alleged infringing activity.
The application seeks a jury trial, declaratory reparation, damages, including increased damages for willful misconduct, and the award of the plaintiffs’ fees and costs. The plaintiffs are filed by Mann | Tindel | Thompson and Williams & Connolly LLP.