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Case: Patents/Eligibility (P.T.A.B.)

June 3, 2020, 1:25 PM

Claims of Gree Inc.'s patent for a game program with enhanced strategic gameplay, in which a plurality of characters are operated with simple operation, a computer control method, and an information processing apparatus, are unpatentable as directed to patent-ineligible subject matter, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board determined. The board determined that the patent is directed to the abstract idea of associating game objects and moving one or more of the objects, and that the challenged claims don’t recite any inventive concept necessary to transform the abstract idea into patent-eligible subject matter. But the board found that the claims aren’t...

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