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Video Game Co. Can't Move IP Suit Post-TC Heartland

A California federal judge Tuesday denied Valve Corp.’s bid to dismiss or transfer a suit alleging it infringed lip-sync animation technology, rebuffing the video game company's claim that it didn’t have an improper venue argument until the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision.

Fed. Circ. Urged To Keep Lip-Synch IP Ruling Under Alice

The holder of software patents for lip-sync animation technology urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to not rehear its September decision that found the asserted claims patent-eligible under Alice, arguing that Electronic Arts and other gaming companies are trying to gin up a fact-specific decision into a legal controversy that doesn't exist.

Mark Raskin in Law 360

On Sept. 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in McRO Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., et al., reversing the Central District of California, and finding the patents-at-issue covered patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101.