PAI on McRO Inc., DBA Planet Blue v Bandai Namco Games America

We applaud the Court’s ruling that Planet Blue’s inventions warrant patent protection because they “focus on a specific means or method that improves the relevant technology.” The Federal Circuit rightly rejected the lower court’s declaration that the claims are “abstract” and cautioned that trial courts must be careful to avoid oversimplifying claims and should look at them in their entirety. Today’s decision validates that software inventions are patent eligible and is a win for a strong IP system, which is critical to our nation’s competitive edge.

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