Disney, EA Get Animation Lip-Sync Patents Nixed Under Alice

Law360, San Diego (September 24, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday invalidated patent claims in an infringement suit targeting Electronic Arts Inc., Disney Interactive Studios and nearly two dozen other video game studios over lip-sync animation technology, ruling the patents only described an abstract set of rules.

U.S. District Judge George H. Wu ruled that under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Alice Corp. decision barring patents on computer-implemented abstract ideas, McRO Inc.’s animation patents merely applied an automated process to the manual animation studios previously used.

The novelty in McRo’s idea was the idea to use rules to automate the selection and morphing of single animation...

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