By Eric Schweibenz
Further to our November 21, 2011 and January 10, 2012 posts, on February 9, 2012, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Automotive GPS Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-814).

In the Order, ALJ Pender set the procedural schedule for the investigation and included provisions for the early exchange of claim construction terms and proposed constructions.  ALJ Pender further indicated that the evidentiary hearing will commence on August 10, 2012, any final initial determination will issue no later than November 23, 2012, and the target date for completion of the investigation is March 23, 2013 (which is approximately 16 months after institution of the investigation).

Lastly, the Order also included ALJ Pender’s ground rules governing the conduct of the investigation.