On September 9, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 5 in Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-962).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 17, 2015 complaint filed by Reynolds Presto Products Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain resealable packages with slider devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,427,421; 6,524,002; and 7,311,443.  See our June 17, 2015 and July 17, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint. 

According to Order No. 5, ALJ Essex set the procedural schedule.  As a threshold matter, ALJ Essex determined that "Markman proceedings are not necessary in this investigation."  Additionally, ALJ Essex set the evidentiary hearing to commence on March 14, 2016; determined that any final initial determination should be filed no later than June 20, 2016; and noted the target date for completing the investigation is October 20, 2016 (which is approximately fifteen months after institution of the investigation).