On February 27, 2014, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 5 in Certain Acousto-Magnetic Electronic Article Surveillance Systems, Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-904).

By way of background, the investigation is based on a December 11, 2013 complaint filed by Tyco Fire & Security GmbH, Sensormatic Electronics, LLC, and Tyco Integrated Security, LLC alleging violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain acousto-magnetic electronic article surveillance devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,729,200 and 6,181,245.  See our December 13, 2013 and January 10, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint.

According to the Order, ALJ Essex set the procedural schedule for the investigation.  The ALJ determined that the evidentiary hearing will commence on August 11, 2014, any final initial determination will issue no later than December 15, 2014, and the target date for completion of the investigation is April 15, 2015 (which is approximately 15 months after institution of the investigation).