Here is the patent for the original Oculus Rift headset, issued March 18th 2014 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This doesn’t give Oculus the rights to VR or mead-mounted displays in general, but rather the ornamental design of the Rift headset with its recognizable flat-fronted shape and headband.
The inventors credited in this patent are Palmer Luckey, Brendan Trexler , Graham England and JackMcCauley. Filed June 4th 2013, it has taken nearly 10 months for the patent to be granted.
Notice how the top head strap band isn’t present in this patent design. It hasn’t been removed, but rather the physical strap has been omitted to allow a clearer look at the design of the headset itself. Look closely and you’ll see the clips where the top visor is to be connected. Also missing are the two side screws which enable users to slide the cup lenses forwards and backwards.
You can read the full patent PDF file here.
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