On March 30, 2015, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 3 in Certain Toy Figurines and Toy Sets Containing The Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-948).
By way of background this investigation is based on a February 6, 2015 complaint filed by LEGO A/S, LEGO System A/S, and LEGO Systems, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain toy figurines and toy sets containing the same that infringe one or more of the following U.S. design patents: D682,367; D678,432; D689,568 ; and D672,413 as well as one or more of the following U.S. Copyright registrations: VA 1-876-291, VA 1-876-279, VA 1-876-378, and VA 1-876-373. See our February 18, 2015 and March 19, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.
According to the Order, ALJ Bullock set July 16, 2016 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation). In addition, ALJ Bullock directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by April 8, 2015. ALJ Bullock further noted that the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will take place on November 16-20, 2015.