Activision Blizzard Gets Patent Win

Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard reported a win in court late Thursday, saying that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted by McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue. McRO had sued Activision over the use of lip synchronization and facial expression technology in Call of Duty, Skylanders, and StarCraft II. Activision said it will "aggressively defend" its investments in its franchises from "entities whose sole purpose is to use patent litigation to hold innovative companies captive for monetary gain."