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Oculus VR gets a virtual reality headset design patent

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Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, received approval for a patent application on March 18, 2014, according to the document on the United States Patent and Trademark Office website.

Patent D701,206 covers the "ornamental design of a virtual reality headset," which is described and shown in several images. Inventors credits go to Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe Trexler, Graham England and Jack McCauley. You can see all of the images like the one picured above, published at the USPTO website

Facebook announced its intention to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion in late March, and the Federal Trade Commission approved the acquisition in late April. Last week, ZeniMax Media, the former employee of Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack, made public its claim that Carmack and "others" improperly provided "key technology" to the virtual reality headset maker. This morning, Oculus responded, saying that ZeniMax required a "non-dilutable equity stake in Oculus" that the company did not agree to. 

You can learn more about virtual reality's ascendency in our coverage of VR at GDC 2014. Press play below to watch our hands-on impressions of the Oculus Rift.