By Eric Schweibenz
Further to our November 28, 2011 post, on November 29, 2011, ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 2 in Certain Wiper Blades (Inv. No. 337-TA-816).

In the Order, ALJ Bullock set March 29, 2013 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is eighteen months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Bullock determined that there is good cause for setting a target date exceeding sixteen months in this investigation in light of “the number of patents (i.e., 9), asserted claims (i.e., 66) and respondents (i.e., 13), as well as [ALJ Bullock’s] responsibilities in other investigations…”

In addition, ALJ Bullock directed the parties to submit discovery statements and proposed procedural schedules by December 9, 2011.  ALJ Bullock also determined that “a Markman hearing [in this investigation] will be beneficial.”  ALJ Bullock therefore noted in the Order that the Markman hearing will commence on March 28, 2012 and the evidentiary hearing in this matter will commence on September 24, 2012.

Lastly, the Order also included ALJ Bullock’s ground rules governing the conduct of the investigation.