Fed. Circ. Reverses Abstract Ruling For Patents Under Alice

Law360, New York (September 13, 2016, 2:34 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday reversed a California federal court’s invalidation under Alice of the asserted claims of software patents for lip-sync animation technology, holding that the specific types of rules the patents outline are not directed to abstract ideas and so are eligible to be deemed inventions.

The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that software patents for a lip syncing technology are not invalid under the Supreme Court's Alice decision. (Credit: AP) The appellate court panel determined that because McRO Inc.’s patents describe an ordered set of claimed steps that use “unconventional” rules in a specific way, the claims are not...

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