On July 2, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 5 in Certain Set-Top Boxes, Gateways, Bridges And Adapters and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-915).

By way of background, the investigation is based on an April 17, 2014 complaint filed by ViXS Systems, Inc. and ViXS USA, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by Entropic Communications, Inc., DirecTV, LLC, Wistron NeWeb Corp., and CyberTAN Technology, Inc. by way of importation into the U.S. and sale of certain set-top boxes, gateways, bridges and adapters and components thereof infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,301,900, 7,099,951, 7,200,855, and 7,406,598.  See our April 18, 2014 post for more details on ViXS’s complaint and our May 19, 2014 post for more details on the Notice of Investigation.

According to the Order, ALJ Pender set the procedural schedule for the investigation.  Specifically, ALJ Pender determined that the evidentiary hearing will commence on January 26, 2015; any final initial determination will issue no later than May 21, 2015; and the target date for completing this investigation is September 21, 2015 (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation).