On December 4, 2014, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 21 in Certain Footwear Products (Inv. No. 337-TA-936).
By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 14, 2014 complaint filed by Converse Inc. ("Converse") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain footwear products that infringe U.S. Trademark Registration Nos. 4,398,753; 3,258,103; and 1,588,960. Additionally, Converse alleged violation of Section 337 based upon unfair competition/false designation of origin, common law trademark infringement and unfair competition, and trademark dilution. See our October 15, 2014 and November 14, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the Order, ALJ Bullock set March 17, 2016 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation). In addition, ALJ Bullock directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by December 15, 2014. ALJ Bullock further noted that the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will take place on October 26-30, 2015.