Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday attended a court trial in U.S. defending his company against claims that the virtual-reality of Facebook's Oculus headset was stolen.
Zuckerberg, who is the founder of the world’s largest companies, faced hours of tough, public questioning on where Oculus obtained its ideas and how much he knew about the startup when the company bought it for $2 billion.
The lawsuit was brought by Texas-based videogame publisher ZeniMax Media against Oculus in 2014 during the Facebook-Oculust deal.
ZeniMax claimed that Oculus unlawfully used its intellectual property to develop the VR system.
Zuckerberg told a jury in the crowded courtroom that the technology was not even fully formed when Facebook purchased it.
ZeniMax lawyer Tony Sammi countered saying: “Improving on that technology doesn’t make it yours. If you steal my bike, paint it and put a bell on it, does that make it your bike?”
Zuckerberg answered “no,” adding the idea that Oculus technology “is based on someone else’s is just wrong.”
Zuckerberg further revealed that Facebook paid around $3 billion to buy Oculus, a figure higher than what was reported during the deal.
ZeniMax is seeking $2 billion in damages. The trial began on January 10 and could last two more weeks.