On May 11, 2017, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 3 in Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, Components Thereof, and Products and Vehicles Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1052). Please note that Oblon represents the Aisin Seiki Respondents in this matter.
By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 21, 2017 complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures II LLC of Bellevue, Washington 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 thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200; 7,067,944; 7,067,953; 7,683,509; and 7,928,348. See our March 22, 2017 and May 1, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to Order No. 3, ALJ Lord set September 3, 2018 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation). In addition, ALJ Lord noted that the Markman hearing will take place on November 1, 2017; the evidentiary hearing will take place on February 12-18, 2018; and the Initial Determination on alleged violation of Section 337 will be issued on May 3, 2018.