By Eric Schweibenz
On July 8, 2016, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Passenger Vehicle Automotive Wheels (Inv. No. 337-TA-1006).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 11, 2016 complaint filed by Daimler AG of Germany (“Daimler”) alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain passenger vehicle automotive wheels that infringe various design patents and trademarks owned by Daimler.  See our April 11, 2016 and June 16, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to Order No. 4, ALJ Pender set October 17, 2017 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately sixteen months after institution of the investigation).  In addition, ALJ Pender noted, inter alia, that the Markman hearing will take place on October 17-18, 2016; the evidentiary hearing will commence on February 16, 2017 and conclude no later than February 24, 2017; and the initial determination will be issued on June 16, 2017.