On June 6, 2017, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 3 in Certain Dental Ceramics, Products Thereof, and Methods of Making the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1050).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 17, 2017 complaint filed by Ivoclar Vivadent AG, Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc., and Ardent, Inc. 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 dental ceramics and products thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,452,836; 6,517,623; 6,802,894; and 6,455,451. See our March 20, 2017 and April 25, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the Order, ALJ Essex set August 24, 2018 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation). ALJ Essex further noted that the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will commence on January 24, 2018; and any final initial determination should be filed no later than April 24, 2018.