By Eric Schweibenz
On January 26, 2017, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 1 in Certain Electronic Devices, Including Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1038).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 22, 2016 complaint filed by Nokia Technologies Oy of Finland 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 electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablet computers, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of Nokia’s U.S. Patent Nos. 7,415,247; 9,270,301; 6,393,260; 8,036,619; 6,826,391; 6,480,700; 9,473,602; and 7,653,366. See our January 3, 2017 and January 26, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the Order, ALJ Bullock determined:
In the Notice of Investigation, the Commission authorized the presiding Administrative Law Judge to ‘sever part of this investigation so as to create two or more smaller investigations.’ ... The undersigned has determined to sever this Investigation as follows:
       1. The original investigation will consist of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,036,619; 6,480,700; 7,653,366; and 9,473,602; and
       2. The remaining patents (i.e., Patent Nos. 7,415,247; 9,270,301; 6,393,260; and 6,826,391) will be part of the severed investigation.
Pursuant to the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, the severed investigation will be Inv. No. 337-TA-1039.

On the same day, ALJ Bullock issued a notice determining that ALJ MaryJoan McNamara will be the presiding administrative law judge in 337-TA-1039.