On August 27, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 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. 4, ALJ Essex set October 20, 2016 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately fifteen months after institution of the investigation).  In addition, ALJ Essex directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by September 4, 2015.  ALJ Essex further noted that the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will commence on March 14, 2016; and any final initial determination should be filed no later than June 20, 2016.