By Eric Schweibenz
On February 3, 2014, ALJ David P. Shaw issued a notice of the Final Initial Determination (“ID”) in Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-872).

By way of background, the investigation is based on a complaint filed by Andrzej Bobel and Neptun Light, Inc. (collectively, “Neptun”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain compact fluorescent reflector lamps (“reflector CFLs”) and products and components containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,053,540 (the ‘540 patent).  See our January 30, 2013 and March 1, 2013 posts for more details on Neptun’s complaint and the Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the notice, ALJ Shaw found that a violation of Section 337 has occurred with respect to the ‘540 patent.  Specifically, the ALJ determined that the accused products of Respondents Maxlite, Inc., Satco Products, Inc., and Litetronics International Inc. infringe certain claims of the ‘540 patent.  ALJ Shaw also determined that the domestic industry requirement is satisfied with respect to the ‘540 patent.  Lastly, ALJ Shaw found that it has not been shown by clear and convincing evidence that any asserted claim of the ‘540 patent is invalid.        

The notice issued by ALJ Shaw released only limited information.  We will provide additional information once the public version of the ID issues in its entirety.