By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
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On July 13, 2009, ALJ E. James Gildea issued the public version of Order No. 12 in Certain Active Comfort Footwear (337-TA-660).  In the Order, ALJ Gildea granted Complainants Masai Marketing & Trading AC and Masai USA Corp.’s (“Masai”) (1) motion to terminate the Investigation in its entirety by reason of confidential settlement agreement with Respondent RYN Korea Co. Ltd. (“RYN”), and (2) motion to withdrawal its Complaint against the remaining respondents The Tannery (“Tannery”) and A Better Way to Health (“Better Way”).

According to the Order, while Complainants only settled with RYN and not the other named respondents (Tannery and Better Way), Masai requested that the investigation be terminated with respect to all respondents because “RYN is the only producer of the accused products in this Investigation.”  The Commission Investigative Staff supported the termination motion and did not oppose the withdrawal motion.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
14
On July 13, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Machine Vision Software, Machine Vision Systems, And Products Containing Same (337-TA-680).

The investigation is based on a May 28, 2009 complaint filed by Cognex Corp. of Natick, Massachusetts and Cognex Technology & Investment Corp. of Mountain View, California.  As we explained in our May 29 post, the complaint alleges violations of section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain machine vision software, machine vision systems, and products containing same that infringe certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,016,539; 7,065,262; and 6,959,112.


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By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
14
On July 9, 2009, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued the public version of Order No. 23 (dated June 29, 2009) in Certain Non-Shellfish Derived Glucosamine and Products Containing Same (337-TA-668).  In the Order, ALJ Rogers (i) denied a joint motion filed by complainant Cargill, Inc. (“Cargill”) and respondent Ethical Naturals, Inc. (“ENI”) to terminate the investigation as to respondent ENI, and (ii) granted a joint motion for leave filed by Cargill and ENI to not serve the remaining respondents with certain portions of the settlement agreement between Cargill and ENI (the “Settlement Agreement”).

According to the Order, the ITC’s rules provide that “in the case of a proposed termination by settlement agreement, the parties may file statements regarding the impact of the proposed termination on the public interest, and the [ALJ] may hear argument, although no discovery may be compelled, with respect to issues relating solely to the public interest.”  In connection with their joint motion to terminate, Cargill and ENI asserted that the Settlement Agreement is consistent with the public interest.  The Commission Investigative Staff opposed the motion to terminate, arguing that the Settlement Agreement did not promote the public interest.


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On July 8, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a Notice of its decision to modify certain claim constructions made in the final initial determination; an Order remanding the case to Administrative Law Judge Theodore R. Essex to make findings regarding infringement, validity, and domestic industry that are consistent with the modified claim constructions; and an Opinion setting forth the modified claim constructions in Certain Refrigerators and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-632).

The investigation was instituted on February 21, 2008, based on the complaint of Whirlpool Corp., Whirlpool Manufacturing Corp., Whirlpool Patent Corp., and Maytag Corp. (collectively “Whirlpool”).  The respondents are LG Electronics Corp., Inc., LG Electronics, USA, Inc., and LG Electronics Monterrey, Mexico S.A. de C.V. (collectively “LG”).


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