On May 20 the Federal Circuit for the second time found McRO's patent for automatically generating animations to be patentable, this time reversing the district court's finding of invalidity for lack of enablement. In its previous decision, McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 837 F.3d 1299 (Fed. Cir. 2016) (McRO I), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's holding that the claims were directed to a judicial exception, an abstract idea. In McRo I the Court had reversed based on its determination that the claims were to a genus limited to rules with certain common characteristics, a genus. Id. at 1313. In particular, the "rules are limiting in that they define morph weight sets as a function of the timing of phoneme sub-sequences." Id.
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"Fed. Circ. Affirms Automakers' PTAB Wins On Motor Patent" – Oblon Attorneys featured in Law360 Article
March 24, 2020 – Article
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“The Federal Circuit on Monday backed wins by Honda, Toyota and Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., upholding consolidated decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that the automakers showed several claims in an Intellectual Ventures electric motor patent are invalid.”
Aisin Seiki was represented by John Kern and Eric Schweibenz.