Further to our May 21, 2012 and July 9, 2012 posts, on July 30, 2012, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 17 in Certain Electronic Devices Having A Retractable USB Connector (Inv. No. 337-TA-843).

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 as well as Markman briefing and a Markman hearing.  ALJ Pender further indicated that the evidentiary hearing will commence on January 18, 2013, any final initial determination will issue no later than May 24, 2013, and the target date for completion of the investigation is September 24, 2013 (which is approximately 16 months after institution of the investigation).