By Eric Schweibenz and John Presper
On October 17, 2018, ALJ David P. Shaw issued Order No. 4 in Certain Strength-Training Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1135).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 4, 2018 complaint filed by Hoist Fitness Systems, Inc. of Poway, California 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 strength-training systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,549,949 (“the ’949 patent”), 7,563,209 (“the ’209 patent”), 7,594,880 (“the ’880 patent”), 7,654,938 (“the ’938 patent”), and 7,976,440 (“the ’440 patent”). See our September 4, 2018 and October 1, 2018 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 4, ALJ Shaw set February 4, 2020 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately 16 months after institution of the investigation). ALJ Shaw further noted that any final initial determination will be due October 4, 2019.