Federal Circuit Affirms Patent Ineligibility Ruling Regarding Interactive Guitar Video Game

    Private: Amanda Doran

    On June 11, 2020, a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina’s decision in the matter of Ubisoft Entertainment, S.A. v. Yousician Oy, in which the Federal Circuit determined that Ubisoft’s patent related to an interactive guitar playing instruction video game was patent ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101.

    The Federal Circuit found that Ubisoft’s patent claims were directed to the abstract idea “of teaching guitar by evaluating a user’s performance and generating appropriate exercises to improve that performance” and did not assert specific improvements in computer capabilities to achieve those functions.

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