When is automation of a manual process patentable?
Abstract: Cases involving the patent eligibility of computer-related methods have been flooding the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. This article describes a case involving a method of animating lip synchronization sequences of 3-D animated characters. At issue was whether the invention simply automated an existing manual process or automated a new process. McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., No. 2015-1080, Sept. 13, 2016 (Fed. Cir.)