Further to our September 19, 2012 and October 15, 2012 posts, on November 1, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 22 in Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-855).
In the Order, ALJ Bullock set the procedural schedule for the investigation and included provisions for the early exchange of claim terms and proposed claim constructions as well as a Markman hearing. ALJ Bullock determined that the tutorial will take place on December 17, 2012; a Markman hearing will be held on December 18, 2012; the evidentiary hearing will commence on June 10, 2013; any initial determination is due no later than November 21, 2013; and March 21, 2014 is the target date for completing the enforcement proceeding (which is approximately 18 months after institution of the investigation).