Further to our April 18, 2012 and May 29, 2012 posts, on June 28, 2012, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Food Waste Disposers and Components and Packaging Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-838).
In the Order, ALJ Pender set the procedural schedule for the investigation and included provisions for the early exchange of claim construction terms and proposed constructions. ALJ Pender further indicated that the evidentiary hearing will commence on December 7, 2012, any final initial determination will issue no later than April 19, 2013, and the target date for completion of the investigation is August 20, 2013 (which is approximately 16 months after institution of the investigation).