By Eric Schweibenz
On August 24, 2016, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 7 in Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1012).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 27, 2016 complaint filed by FujiFilm Corporation and FujiFilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain magnetic data storage tapes and cartridges containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,641,891; 6,703,106; 6,703,101; 6,767,612; 8,236,434; and 7,355,805.  See our May 31, 2016 and July 8, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 7, ALJ Shaw set the procedural schedule for the investigation.  Specifically, ALJ Shaw determined, inter alia, that the evidentiary hearing will commence on February 7, 2017; the initial determination on violation will be issued no later than June 2, 2017; and the target date for completing this investigation is October 2, 2017 (which is approximately 14 months and three weeks after institution of the investigation).