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Full Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Lip-Sync Patents Under Alice


The full Federal Circuit has denied a bid by Electronic Arts and other gaming companies to rehear its September decision that found McRO Inc. software patents for lip-sync animation technology patent-eligible under Alice, according to an order issued by the appeals court Friday.

In a per curiam decision, the appeals court denied the petition from EA, Sega of America Inc. and more than a dozen other companies for the panel to rehear its September decision reversing a California federal court decision invalidating the asserted claims of McRO’s software patents for lip-sync animation technology under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, which held that abstract ideas implemented using a computer are not patent-eligible under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

It also denied their bid for rehearing en banc.

We’re very excited that the entire Federal Circuit has recognized the technical innovations of our client’s inventions and the California cases will now proceed, hopefully expeditiously,Mark Raskin, an attorney for McRO, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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