A new USPTO memo addresses two recent subject matter eligibility decisions from the Federal Circuit that hold in favor of subject matter eligibility under §101. The memo also includes guidance on preemption.
In McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 120 USPQ2d 1091 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the patent at issue claims methods of automatic lip synchronization and facial expression animation using computer-implemented rules. The Federal Circuit relied on the specification's detailed explanation of how the claimed rules enabled the automation of specific animation tasks that previously could not be automated to uphold ... Click to learn more.