By Eric Schweibenz
On March 9, 2015, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 7 in Certain Network Devices, Related Software and Components Thereof (II) (Inv. No. 337-TA-945).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 19, 2014 complaint filed by Cisco Systems, Inc. of San Jose, California alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain networking equipment and components and software thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,023,853; 6,377,577; 7,460,492; 7,061,875; 7,224,668; and 8,051,211.  See our December 29, 2014 and February 6, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.

In Order No. 7, ALJ Pender set the procedural schedule for the investigation.  Specifically, ALJ Pender determined that the Markman hearing will take place on June 15-16, 2015; the evidentiary hearing will commence on November 9, 2015; the initial determination will be issued on April 26, 2016; and the target date for completing the investigation is August 26, 2016.