By Eric Schweibenz
On September 12, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 13 in Certain Hand Dryers And Housings For Hand Dryers (Inv. No. 337-TA-1015).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 15, 2016 complaint filed by Excel Dryer 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 hand dryers and housings for hand dryers that infringe Excel’s trade dress.  See our June 27, 2016 and July 26, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 13, ALJ Essex set August 1, 2017 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately twelve months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Essex further noted that any final initial determination should be filed no later than March 31, 2017.