On June 16, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Soft-Edged Trampolines and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-908).
By way of background, the investigation is based on a December 24, 2013 complaint and December 31, 2013 and January 14, 2014 supplements to the complaint filed by Springfree Trampoline, Inc., Springfree Trampoline USA Inc., and Springfree Limited Partnership – all of Canada – alleging violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain soft-edged trampolines and components thereof that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,319,174. Seeour December 31, 2013 and January 27, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to the Order, ALJ Pender set the procedural schedule for the investigation. Specifically, ALJ Pender determined that the evidentiary hearing will commence on August 1, 2014; any final initial determination will issue no later than December 5, 2014; and the target date for completing this investigation is April 6, 2015 (which is approximately fourteen months after institution of the investigation).