On June 4, 2016, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 4 in Certain Quartz Slabs and Portions Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-996).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 14, 2016 complaint filed by Cambria Company LLC of Belle Plaine, Minnesota alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain quartz slabs and portions thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. D712,670; D713,154; D737,058; D737,576; D737,577; and D738,630. See our April 14, 2016 and May 13, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 4, ALJ Bullock set July 16, 2017 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately fourteen months after institution of the investigation). In addition, ALJ Bullock noted, inter alia, that the evidentiary hearing will commence on December 12, 2016 and conclude no later than December 16, 2016.