By Eric Schweibenz
On January 15, 2010, ALJ E. James Gildea issued Order No. 45 in Certain Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (“CCFL”) Inverter Circuits and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-666).  In the Order, ALJ Gildea “determined that is necessary for additional briefing by the parties” regarding “construction of the claim language ‘when said first voltage signal exceeds a predetermined threshold for said predetermined duration’” as set forth in claims 1 and 8 “of the ‘382 patent.”  Specifically, ALJ Gildea listed seven questions in the Order and requested that the parties answer the questions “giving your detailed and clearly explained reasons, including citations to the language of the patent claims themselves, the specification, the patent history, the testimony of the witnesses, and legal precedent.”

In light of the additional briefing, ALJ Gildea also determined in the Order that good cause existed to extend the target date by two months.  Accordingly, the new target date in the investigation is August 20, 2010, with the final determination due on April 20, 2010.