On August 8, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 5 in Certain Backpack Chairs (Inv. No. 337-TA-1062).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a complaint filed by Rio Brands, LLC 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 of certain backpack chairs that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. RE39,022. See our June 14, 2017 and July 7, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the Order, ALJ Bullock set the procedural schedule for the investigation. Specifically, ALJ Bullock determined, inter alia, that the evidentiary hearing will take place on March 12-16, 2018; the initial determination will be issued no later than July 12, 2018; and the target date for the completion of this investigation is November 13, 2018.