On March 2, 2017, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 3 in Certain Magnetic Tape Cartridges and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1036).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2016 complaint filed by Sony Corp., Sony Storage Media and Devices Corp., Sony DADC US Inc., and Sony Latin America Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain magnetic tape cartridges and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of Sony’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,345,779; 6,896,959; 7,016,137; and 7,115,331. See our December 22, 2016 and January 20, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the Order, ALJ Essex set April 26, 2018 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately fifteen months after institution of the investigation). ALJ Essex further noted that the evidentiary hearing will take place from September 25-29, 2017; and any final initial determination should be filed no later than December 26, 2017.