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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was took the stand i n a federal cou rt on Tue sday.The fo under of the world’s largest soci al media site was called to give evidence in a trial brought by ZeniMax Media, which claims Facebook has benefited from virtual reality technology stolen from it by Oculus at about the same time Facebook was negotiating to purchase Oculus.
Zuckerberg was questioned for several hours about his knowledge of Oculus and its technology.Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus, and attorneys wanted to know if Facebook had investigated to see where the company had got its ideas.
ZeniMax’s suit against Oculus was launched in 2014 and is still going on.ZeniMax claims that Oculus used ZeniMax intellectual property in the development of its virtual reality system, including the Rift headset.
Zuckerberg told the jury that the Oculus technology was immature when Facebook purchased it and denied that the company had benefited from ZeniMax’s prior work. "The idea that Oculus technology is based on someone else's is just wrong,” he said.
The 32-year-old executive is an enthusiastic supporter of virtual reality and has frequently cited its importance to Facebook’s future.Zuckerberg told the court that the $2 billion price for Oculus stock was only the beginning.Facebook estimates it spent another $1 billion on bonuses and on incentives for retaining employees after the acquisition.
Zuckerberg said that he was not aware of claims against Oculus at the time Facebook negotiated the acquisition. "It's pretty common when you announce a big deal that people just come out of the woodwork and claim they own some part of the deal," he said.