By Eric Schweibenz
On August 4, 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing that it voted to institute an investigation of Certain Collaborative System Products and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-682).

The investigation is based on a July 2, 2009 complaint filed by eInstruction Corporation of Denton, Texas.  As we explained in our July 7 post, the complaint alleges violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain products using collaborative system technology and components thereof that infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,390,673.

The ITC has identified Qomo HiteVision, LLC (“Qomo”) of Wixom, Michigan as the sole respondent in this investigation.

According to the Notice of Investigation, Aarti Shah of the Office of Unfair Import Investigations is the Investigative Attorney assigned to handle this investigation.

On August 4, 2009, Chief ALJ Paul J. Luckern issued a notice indicating that ALJ E. James Gildea will handle this investigation.

Also, on August 4, 2009, ALJ Gildea issued Order No. 1: Protective Order, and Order No. 2: Notice of Ground Rules And Setting Target Date And Date For Submission Of Proposed Procedural Schedule.  According to Order No. 2, ALJ Gildea set December 2, 2010 as the target date for completion of this investigation (which is 16 months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Gildea further directed the parties to submit a discovery statement and a proposed procedural schedule by September 7, 2009.