September 2016
Since the Supreme Court’s decision two years ago in Alice v. CLS Bank, courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have found a large percentage of software and computer-related inventions to claim abstract ideas and not be directed to patentable subject matter – but a decision earlier this month represents a significant step in the other direction.

In a recent Federal Circuit decision, McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco, claims of two software-related patents entitled “Method for Automatically Animating Lip Synchronization and Facial Expression of Animated Characters” were found to be directed to patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In McRO, the claims were found to represent a process specifically designed to achieve an improved technological result using rules embodied in computer software processed by general purpose computers.

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