By Eric Schweibenz
On June 18, 2010, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 9 in Certain Display Devices, Including Digital Televisions and Monitors (Inv. No. 337-TA-713).

In the Order, ALJ Essex set the procedural schedule for the investigation, including a January 18, 2011 start date for the evidentiary hearing.

Regarding claim construction, ALJ Essex determined “that scheduling a Markman hearing in early September would not be beneficial…if, as Sony represents, settlement negotiations with TPV are successful thereby eliminating six of the patents from the investigation.”  ALJ Essex further determined that he was “open to revisiting the issue at a later day if the parties so wish.”