By Eric Schweibenz and John Presper
On October 26, 2018, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 12 setting a 16-month target date in Certain Motorized Vehicles and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1132).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 1, 2018 complaint filed by Complainant FCA US LLC of Auburn Hills, Michigan (“FCA”) 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 motorized vehicles and components thereof that violate common law trade dress and registered trademarks used with and displayed on Jeep®-brand vehicles manufactured and sold by FCA and its predecessors. The Commission ordered the presiding ALJ to hold an early evidentiary hearing and issue an early decision within 100 days of institution as to whether FCA is contractually barred from enforcing its intellectual property against the named respondents (or, in the alternative, decide this issue through summary determination proceedings if no material facts are in dispute). See our August 1, 2018 and September 11, 2018 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 12, ALJ Bullock set January 13, 2020 as the target date for completion of the investigation (which is approximately 16 months from the date of the Notice of Investigation).