By Eric Schweibenz
On January 5, 2017, ALJ MaryJoan McNamara issued Order No. 3 in Certain UV Curable Coatings For Optical Fibers, Coated Optical Fibers, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1031).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 31, 2016 complaint filed by DSM Desotech, Inc. and DSM IP Assets B.V. 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 UV curable optical fiber coatings, coated optical fibers, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,961,508; 7,171,103; 7,067,564; and 7,706,659. See our November 1, 2016 and December 5, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 3, ALJ McNamara set the procedural schedule for this investigation. Specifically, ALJ McNamara determined, inter alia, that the Markman hearing (if ordered) will take place on April 10, 2017; the evidentiary hearing will take place from July 31-August 4, 2017; the final initial determination will issue by no later than December 5, 2017; and the target date for completing this investigation is April 5, 2018.

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