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Activision, EA, Sega and more win in lip sync patent dispute

"Meritless patent cases such as this stifle innovation"

A Californian court has dismissed two patent claims against Activision Blizzard and a number of other video game studios regarding the use of lip synchronisation and facial expression technology.

The claims were made by McRO, Inc, also know as Planet Blue, but all were dismissed by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu. He ruled that under the precedent set by The Supreme Court's recent Alice Corp decision, the patents only described an abstract set of rules and were not enforceable in this instance.

"Meritless patent cases such as this stifle innovation and the creative process across the industry," said Chris Walther, the company's chief legal officer.

"We will aggressively defend our investments in the innovative franchises at Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, as we did in this case with Call of Duty, Skylanders and StarCraft II, from entities whose sole purpose is to use patent litigation to hold innovative companies captive for monetary gain."

McRO had filed the claims in regards to 42 videogame studios in total, some of those those owned by EA, Konami and others like Naughty Dog and Valve.

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Latest comments (3)

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
Maybe what we need the most is some laws that prevent those kind of entities from existing. Big companies can defend themselves against this kind of activities, but I fear for the small studios who would not have the money to engage into similar legal battles.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend3 years ago
I agree with your fears Alfonso, as has been said by myself and others here; the current legal system is no longer about justice, it is a tool for the rich to extort the not-so-rich legally.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 26th September 2014 10:17am

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Robert Ilott Build & CM Engineer, Criterion Games3 years ago
Maybe once a patent case like this has been thrown out of court, the patent should be looked at again and if found to be nonsense, just obliterated. At the moment they can still use their 'patent' to chase people who can't afford a defense. If they lost their 'patent' as part of the risk here, then they'd think about such frivolous nonsense in the first place.

Although it'd be better if patents like this weren't awarded in the first place, obviously.
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