Further to our May 28, 2014 post, on June 25, 2014, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice of its decision to affirm-in-part and vacate-in-part ALJ David P. Shaw’s Initial Determination (“ID”) of non-infringement of certain products in Certain Multiple Mode Outdoor Grills and Parts Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-895).
By way of background, on April 17, 2014, ALJ Shaw had granted-in-part Respondents Char-Broil, LLC; Zhejiang Fudeer Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.; Rankam Metal Products Manufactory Limited, USA; Outdoor Leisure Products, Inc.; Dongguan Kingsun Enterprises Co., Ltd.; Tractor Supply Co.; and Chant Kitchen Equipment (HK) Ltd.’s motion for summary determination that certain grill covers do not infringe claims 1-20 of U.S. Patent No. 8,381,712. See our May 6, 2014 post for more details about ALJ Shaw’s summary determination ruling. Complainants A&J Manufacturing, LLC and A&J Manufacturing, Inc. petitioned the Commission for review.
According to the notice, the Commission adopted the ALJ’s construction of the “openable cover” limitations of claims 1 and 17 on modified grounds. The Commission affirmed the ALJ’s finding of non-infringement of claims 1 and 17 for the existing Char-Broil product, and adopted the ALJ’s findings that the redesigned grills do not infringe claims 1 and 17 on modified grounds. The Commission vacated, however, the ALJ’s interpretation of claim 10 and non-infringement findings based on that claim construction. The Commission found that the ”openable cover means” limitations of claim 10 are means-plus-function limitations and directed the ALJ to make findings consistent therewith. We will provide additional details when the Commission issues its opinion.