By Eric Schweibenz
On March 21, 2014, ALJ Dee Lord issued Order No. 40 in Certain Optical Disc Drives, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-897).  In the Order, ALJ Lord ruled on six discovery motions that had been discussed during a telephone conference on March 20, 2014.

In particular, ALJ Lord:

  • denied Respondents MediaTek, Inc., MediaTek USA, Inc., Panasonic Corp., Panasonic Corp. of North America, Nintendo Co., Ltd., Nintendo of America, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics, U.S.A., Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., Lenovo (United States) Inc., Toshiba Corp., and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.’s (collectively, “Respondents”) motion to compel a supplemental interrogatory response;

  • denied LG Electronics, Inc. and LG Electronics, U.S.A., Inc.’s motion for an extension of time to respond to Complainant Optical Devices, LLC’s (“Optical Devices”) requests for admission;

  • granted Respondents’ request for expedited briefing on its motion to compel additional deposition time with a Ryan Fry;

  • granted Respondents’ motion to compel Optical Devices to provide corporate deponents and deposition designations;

  • denied Optical Devices’ cross-motion for a protective order as moot; and

  • denied Optical Devices’ motion for leave to file a reply to Respondents’ opposition to Optical Devices’ cross-motion for a protective order as moot.

In addition, ALJ Lord ordered the parties to serve privilege logs for any objections based on attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, or common interest privilege made during the deposition of Ryan Fry and any future depositions within one business day of receiving the transcript of the deposition.