By Alex Gasser
Further to our September 19, 2012 post, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock on October 12, 2012, issued Order No. 18 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 March 21, 2014 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately eighteen months after institution of the investigation), due to the unusually large number of respondents and number of claims involved.  ALJ Bullock also stated that, "a Markman hearing will be beneficial and assist in streamlining the issues for the evidential hearing."

In addition, ALJ Bullock directed the parties to submit proposed procedural schedules by October 18, 2012.  ALJ Bullock further instructed the parties to anticipate that a tutorial will be held December 17, 2012, the Markman hearing on December 18, 2012, and the evidentiary hearing in this investigation will commence on June 10, 2013, for purposes of preparing proposed procedural schedules.