On August 5, 2015, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 19 in Certain Wireless Standard Compliant Electronic Devices, Including Communication Devices and Tablet Computers (Inv. No. 337-TA-953).
By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 26, 2015 complaint filed by Ericsson Inc. alleging violation by Apple Inc. a/k/a Apple Computer Inc. of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain wireless standard compliant electronic devices, including communication devices and tablet computers that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,717,996; 8,660,270; 6,058,359; 6,301,556; 8,102,805; 8,607,130; 8,837,381; and 8,331,476. See our March 3, 2015 and April 3, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.
According to Order No. 19, ALJ Lord denied objections made by Respondent Apple Inc. to the disclosure of confidential business information to Complainant's expert witness (Daniel Wigdor) because such objections are irrelevant to the present investigation despite the parties' agreement to share discovery from the 337-TA-952 investigation. Specifically, ALJ Lord determined that "Dr. Wigdor's activities regarding touchscreen technology do not disqualify him from subscribing to the Protective Order in the present Investigation" and "interpreting and enforcing a protective order from another investigation would be ultra vires."