By Eric Schweibenz
On May 29, 2014, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 3 in Certain Set-Top Boxes, Gateways, Bridges And Adapters and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-915).

By way of background, the investigation is based on an April 17, 2014 complaint filed by ViXS Systems, Inc. and ViXS USA, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 by Entropic Communications, Inc., DirecTV, LLC, Wistron NeWeb Corp., and CyberTAN Technology, Inc. by way of importation into the U.S. and sale of certain set-top boxes, gateways, bridges and adapters and components thereof infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,301,900, 7,099,951, 7,200,855, and 7,406,598.  See our April 18, 2014 post for more details on ViXS’s complaint and our May 19, 2014 post for more details on the Notice of Investigation.

In the Order, ALJ Pender set September 21, 2015 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation).  In addition, ALJ Pender noted that the Markman hearing will take place on September 8, 2014; the evidentiary hearing will commence on January 26, 2015 and conclude no later than January 30, 2015; and the initial determination will be issued on May 21, 2015.