By Eric Schweibenz
On November 13, 2017, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in investigation of Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, Components Thereof, and Products and Vehicles Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-1073). Please note that Oblon represents the Aisin Seiki Respondents in this matter.

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 5, 2017 complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures II LLC (“IV”) 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 thermoplastic-encapsulated electric motors, components thereof, and products and vehicles containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200; 7,067,944; 7,067,953; 7,683,509; and 7,928,348. See our September 8, 2017 and October 9, 2017 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.

According to the Order, ALJ Pender set March 11, 2019 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is approximately seventeen months after institution of the investigation). In addition, ALJ Pender noted, inter alia, that the initial determination will be issued on November 12, 2018.