On September 11, 2014, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain Loom Kits For Creating Linked Articles (Inv. No. 337-TA-923).

By way of background, the investigation is based on a July 1, 2014 complaint filed by Choon's Design Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain loom kits for creating linked articles that infringe claims 2-4 of U.S. Patent No. 8,485,565.  See our July 2, 2014 and August 5, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively. 

In the Order, ALJ Essex set August 6, 2015 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately twelve months after institution of the investigation).  In addition, ALJ Essex directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by September 19, 2014.  ALJ Essex further noted that the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will commence on February 2, 2015, for purposes of preparing proposed procedural schedules.