Patents For Computer Applications, Not Medical Diagnostics?

Law360, New York (October 11, 2016, 1:00 PM EDT) -- In McRO Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc.,[1] the Federal Circuit held that the claimed invention of automatically animating the lip synchronization and facial expressions of three-dimensional animated characters, i.e., an improved Mickey Mouse, was not an abstract idea and patent-eligible. The Federal Circuit reasoned that the use of automated rules that would not have been likely used by an individual animator in the manual process was a specific technological improvement.

U.S. Patents 6,307,576 ("the '576 patent") and 6,611,278 ("the '278 patent") related to automating part of a preexisting 3-D animation method. As explained in the background of the patents,...

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