By Eric Schweibenz
Further to our December 30, 2009 and December 31, 2009 posts, on February 12, 2010, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 3: Setting Target Date and Date for Submission of Proposed Procedural Schedules in Certain Authentication Systems, Including Software and Handheld Electronic Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-697).

According to the Order, ALJ Essex set April 5, 2011 as the target date (which is 15 months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Essex further indicated that any final initial determination on violation should be filed no later than December 3, 2010.  In addition, ALJ Essex noted that the evidentiary hearing in this matter will commence on August 30, 2010.

The Order directs the parties to submit a proposed procedural schedule by no later than February 26, 2010.