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Judge notes Alice’s unintended consequence in video game case

Michael Loney, New York

The Central District of California has invalidated non-business-method claims on two video game-related patents, with the judge citing the Alice v CLS Bank decision and noting the dangers of claiming the novel portions of an invention too broadly

McRO brought 29 lawsuits against some of the biggest video game makers, alleging infringement of two of its patents. The two patents in the dispute were titled “method for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expression of animated characters”. The...

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