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McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc.

| Category: Intellectual Property News

On September 13, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”) held in the case of McRo, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., that “the ordered combination of claimed steps, using unconventional rules that relate sub-sequences of phonemes, timings, and morph weight sets, is not directed to an abstract idea and is therefore patent-eligible subject matter.” The Federal Circuit focused its analysis of the Alice test on the second step, looking for (1) specific limitations that help avoid preemption and (2) more than merely automation of existing human activity.

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