By Eric Schweibenz
On June 6, 2017, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain LTE Wireless Communication Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1051).  
By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 17, 2017 complaint filed by LG Electronics, Inc., LG Electronics Alabama, Inc., and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. 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 LTE wireless communication devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,916,714; 8,107,456; 9,191,173; 9,225,572; and 8,891,560.  See our March 28, 2017 and April 27, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
According to Order No. 4, ALJ Pender set September 4, 2018 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 September 18, 2017; the evidentiary hearing will commence on February 2, 2018 and conclude no later than February 9, 2018; and the initial determination will be issued on May 4, 2018.