Activision Blizzard gave up on Titan but they didn’t give up in court against McRO, Inc. d.b.a. (doing business as) Planet Blue. McRo, Inc. was suing Activision over patents that dealt with “Lip Synchronization and Facial Expression” Technology. Chief Legal Officer of Activision Blizzard had this to say, “Meritless patent cases such as this stifle innovation and the creative process across the industry — 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”.
Today we are happy gamers who enjoy years of seeing our favorite video game character’s amazing dialogue and facial expression! The court ruled to invalidate the patents because of a past precedent. District Judge George H Wu wrote, “This case illustrates the danger that exists when the novel portions of an invention are claimed too broadly. As noted above, the claims here are drafted to give the impression of tangibility, but the Supreme Court has “long warn[ed] . . .against interpreting in ways that make patent eligibility depend simply on the draftsman’s art” citing Alice Corp ruling. He went on to say “When examined in light of the prior art, the claims are directed to an abstract idea, and lack an “inventive concept” “sufficient to ensure that the patent in practice amounts to
significantly more than a patent upon the [abstract idea] itself”.
Activision Blizzard’s case against them was dismissed but will they have the same luck with the pending lawsuit from Manuel Noriega? Only time will tell. In the mean time, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below! Don’t forget to keep following us on Twitter and Facebook!