Legal Issues Archive

How Local Regulations Can Kill AR Mobile Games

In January 2017, Milwaukee County started requiring makers of location-based augmented reality games to apply for a permit before placing points of interest in Milwaukee parks. Luckily, in July, this regulation was ruled as unconstitutional by the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Unluckily, the court’s reasoning left open plenty of room for a second ordinance. You […]

An Analysis of ZeniMax’s and Oculus’s Legal Arguments over a Permanent Injunction of Rift Sales

ZeniMax was recently awarded a $500 million judgment for Oculus’s breach of a non-disclosure agreement in addition to Oculus’s infringement of ZeniMax’s copyrights and trademarks. ZeniMax then moved for a permanent injunction, which would stop all sales of the Oculus Rift. The arguments regarding the injunction have been filed mostly unsealed, allowing us to dig […]

Exploring Industry Uses of Virtual Reality: Medical

After first donning a virtual reality headset, a common reaction is rampant speculation. What use could this technology have beyond mere entertainment? One of the fields many are experimenting with is medical. Medical uses for virtual reality fall into two broad categories: 1. as a training aid or visualizer prior to an invasive procedure; and […]

A Summary of ZeniMax’s Argument for an Injunction on the Oculus Rift

Earlier this year, ZeniMax won a judgment for $500 million against Oculus Rift and other related parties. After winning that judgment, ZeniMax motioned for an injunction preventing the sale of the Oculus Rift. As always, there are a number of misconceptions about what ZeniMax is arguing and their likelihood of success. News articles regarding high […]

VR Explained for Attorneys (in under 400 words)

Last week, Zenimax was awarded a $500 million judgment against Oculus. While the virtual reality industry may have been flying under the radar, after this recent court case many lawyers have started to take notice. For busy attorneys now delving into the VR industry – what is it? VR is experienced through a “headset” that […]

What Virtual Reality has in Common with Trolls, Railroads, and Sharks

Patent trolls (also called non-practicing entities) seem likely to make an inroad into VR, given the rapid pace of technological progress and current case law interpreting 35 U.S.C. 101 (patent eligible subject matter). The Oculus DK1 was the first HMD to bring VR to the mainstream, released to Kickstarter backers around 2013. ~3.5 years later, […]

Can Someone Commit Assault in Virtual Reality?

Many VR games of the present day create ways to interact with other players with minimal rules governing that interaction. For example, in the games Onwards or Smashbox Arena every player is represented by a virtual avatar. The hands of the avatar correspond to the hands of that player in real life. If someone wants […]