On September 11, 2015, the International Trade Commission (the "Commission") issued a notice determining to review the Initial Determination ("ID") in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Systems, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-926).
By way of background, this investigation is based on a July 18, 2014 complaint filed by Johnson Outdoors Inc. and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain marine sonar imaging systems, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,652,952; 7,710,825; and 7,755,974. See our July 23, 2014 and August 21, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively. On July 13, 2015, ALJ Essex issued the ID finding a violation of Section 337. See our July 13, 2015 post for more details.
According to the September 11, 2015 notice, the Commission determined to review the ID on all issues petitioned by the parties. In this regard, the notice requested the parties to discuss the impact on the ID's findings of construing the disputed claim term "mounted to a boat" to mean "proximately secured to the boat in a fixed manner."
Written submissions are due by September 21, 2015, with reply submissions due by September 28, 2015.