By Eric Schweibenz
On September 29, 2016, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 4 in Certain Athletic Footwear (Inv. No. 337-TA-1018).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 10, 2016 complaint filed by Reebok International Ltd. of Canton, Massachusetts and Reebok International Ltd. of the United Kingdom 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 athletic footwear products that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,637,035 and 8,505,221.  See our August 10, 2016 and September 12, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 4, ALJ Bullock set a 16-month target date for completing the investigation.  In addition, ALJ Bullock noted, inter alia, that the Markman hearing will take place on January 19, 2017; the evidentiary hearing will commence on June 19, 2017 and conclude no later than June 23, 2017.