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Activision Maintains Win Over Video Game Avatar Patent (1)

June 21, 2019, 3:22 PMUpdated: June 21, 2019, 8:54 PM

Activision Blizzard’s beat back an appeal in a patent dispute related to video game avatars, after a federal court agreed that technology the company had allegedly infringed was unpatenable.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit June 21 said a manual for Activision Blizzard’s Diablo II computer game previously disclosed claims in Game and Technology Co. Ltd.'s U.S. Patent No. 8,253,743 making the patent invalid.

The ruling affirmed a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Not only the manual alone but also a combination of the it with another technology disclosed in a 2005 U.S. patent ...