By Eric Schweibenz
Further to our September 12, 2011 post, on September 16, 2011, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued Order No. 4 in Certain Devices For Improving Uniformity Used In A Backlight Module and Components Thereof and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-805).

According to the Order, ALJ Rogers set February 28, 2013 as the target date (which is 17.5 months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Rogers further indicated that the initial determination on alleged violation shall be due on October 29, 2012.

ALJ Rogers determined that there is good cause for setting a 17.5-month target date in this investigation in light of the 3 respondents and 3 patent claims at issue.  ALJ Rogers also explained that “this investigation was instituted only 13 days after the last investigation assigned to me, Inv. No. 337-TA-802” and “[i]f this investigation is scheduled with a target date on a 16-month schedule, that schedule would result in four Initial Determinations due within a five week period.”