RecogniCorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd., No. 16-1499 (Fed. Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The Federal Circuit affirmed judgment on the pleadings, finding claims in RecogniCorp’s 303 Patent, entitled “Method and Apparatus for Encoding/Decoding Image Data,” patent-ineligible. The patent teaches a method and apparatus for building a composite facial image using constituent parts. Before the invention disclosed in the 303 patent, composite facial images typically were stored in file formats such as “bitmap,” “gif,” or “jpeg,” which required significant memory; compressing the images often resulted in decreased image quality. Digital transmission of these images could be difficult. The 303 patent sought to solve this problem by encoding the image at one end through a variety of image classes that required less memory and bandwidth and, at the other end, decoding the images. The courts concluded that the claims are directed to the abstract idea of encoding and decoding image data and do not contain an inventive concept sufficient to render the patent eligible under 36 U.S.C. 101.