For the fourth time in four months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has reversed a trial court decision that found a patent ineligible for protection under Section 101 of the Patent Act.

The court ruled that a graphics company that patented a computerized process for synchronizing the lip movements and facial expressions of animated figures can move forward with an infringement suit against Sega Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and other large video game companies.

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