ALJ Essex

ALJ Essex Denies Motion For Entry Of Prosecution Bar In Certain Electronic Products (337-TA-950)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
09
On June 2, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 6 in Certain Electronic Products, Including Products with Near Field Communication ("NFC") System-Level Functionality and/or Battery Power-Up Functionality, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-950).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 6, 2015 complaint filed by NXP B.V. and NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electronic products, including products with near field communication system-level functionality and/or battery power-up functionality, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,412,230; 8,280,304; 8,065,389; 8,204,959; 8,412,185; and 6,590,365. See our February 17, 2015 and March 23, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets 16-Month Target Date In Certain Touchscreen Controllers (337-TA-957)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
30
On June 30, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 3 in Certain Touchscreen Controllers and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-957).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 21, 2015 complaint filed by Synaptics Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain touchscreen controllers and products containing the same, e.g., smart phones, that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,868,874; 8,338,724; 8,558,811; and 8,952,916.  See our April 24, 2015 and May 1, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Finds Violation Of Section 337 In Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Systems (337-TA-926)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
13
On July 13, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice of the Initial Determination ("ID") in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Systems, Products Containing the Same, and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-926).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a July 18, 2014 complaint filed by Johnson Outdoors Inc. and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain marine sonar imaging systems, products containing the same, and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,652,952 (the '952 patent); 7,710,825 (the '825 patent); and 7,755,974 (the '974 patent).  See our July 23, 2014 and August 21, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets 15-Month Target Date In Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (337-TA-962)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
02
On August 27, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-962).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 17, 2015 complaint filed by Reynolds Presto Products Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain resealable packages with slider devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,427,421; 6,524,002; and 7,311,443.  See our June 17, 2015 and July 17, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Strike In Certain Stainless Steel Products (337-TA-933)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
04
On August 19, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued the public version of Order No. 12 (dated July 29, 2015) in Certain Stainless Steel Products, Certain Processes for Manufacturing or Relating to Same and Certain Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-933).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a September 5, 2014 complaint filed by Valbruna Slater Stainless, Inc., Valbruna Stainless Inc., and Acciaierie Valbruna S.p.A. (collectively, "Valbruna") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain stainless steel products manufactured using Valbruna's allegedly stolen trade secrets.  See our September 8, 2014 and October 9, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Denies Motion To Amend The Complaint In Certain Electronic Products (337-TA-950)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
08
On August 11, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 8 in Certain Electronic Products, Including Products with Near Field Communication ("NFC") System-Level Functionality and/or Battery Power-Up Functionality, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-950).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 6, 2015 complaint filed by NXP B.V. and NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. (collectively, "NXP") alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electronic products, including products with near field communication system-level functionality and/or battery power-up functionality, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,412,230; 8,280,304; 8,065,389; 8,204,959; 8,412,185; and 6,590,365.  See our February 17, 2015 and March 23, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Finds No Violation of Section 337 In Certain Beverage Brewing Capsules (337-TA-929)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
11
On September 4, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice of the Initial Determination ("ID")in Certain Beverage Brewing Capsules, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-929).

By way of background, the investigation is based on an August 4, 2014 complaint filed by ARM Enterprises, Inc. and Adrian Rivera alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain beverage brewing capsules, components thereof, and products containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,720,320.  See our August 6, 2014 and September 11, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (337-TA-962)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Sep
15
On September 9, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 5 in Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-962).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 17, 2015 complaint filed by Reynolds Presto Products Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain resealable packages with slider devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,427,421; 6,524,002; and 7,311,443.  See our June 17, 2015 and July 17, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint.
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ALJ Essex Grants Joint Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Electronic Products (337-TA-950)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Oct
26
On October 26, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 14in Certain Electronic Products, Including Products with Near Field Communication (“NFC”) System-Level Functionality and/or Battery Power-Up Functionality, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-950).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 6, 2015 complaint filed by NXP B.V. and NXP Semiconductors USA, Inc. (collectively, “NXP”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain electronic products, including products with near field communication system-level functionality and/or battery power-up functionality, components thereof, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,412,230; 8,280,304; 8,065,389; 8,204,959; 8,412,185; and 6,590,365.  See our February 17, 2015 and March 23, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Issues Claim Construction Order in Certain Variable Valve Actuation Devices (337-TA-954)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Dec
02
On October 26, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued the public version of Order No. 9 (dated October 8, 2015) construing terms of the asserted patent claims in Certain Variable Valve Actuation Devices and Automobiles Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-954).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a March 10, 2015 complaint filed by Jacobs Vehicle Systems Inc. (“JVS”) naming as respondents FCA US LLC, FCA Mexico, S.A. de C.V., FCA Melfi S.p.A., FCA Serbia d.o.o. Kragujevac, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.C. (collectively, “FCA”). The complaint alleges violations of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of variable valve actuation devices and automobiles containing the same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,829,397; 6,474,277 (the ’277 patent); 6,883,492; 7,059,282 (the ’282 patent); 8,776,738; and 8,820,276 (the ’276 patent).  See our March 16, 2015 and April 13, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and notice of investigation, respectively.  A Markman hearing was held on August 25, 2015 regarding the interpretation of certain claim terms of the ’277 patent, ’282 patent, and ’276 patent.
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ALJ Essex Finds Violation Of Section 337 In Certain Three-Dimensional Cinema Systems (337-TA-939)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Dec
21
On December 16, 2015, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued a notice of the Initial Determination on Violation of Section 337 (“ID”) in Certain Three-Dimensional Cinema Systems and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-938).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a November 7, 2014 complaint filed by RealD Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain three-dimensional cinema systems and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,905,602; 8,220,934 ; 7,857,455; and 7,959,296.  See our November 11, 2014 and December 10, 2014 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms (337-TA-970)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jan
06
On January 5, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 5 in Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-970).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an October 2, 2015 complaint filed by Varidesk LLC alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,113,703.  See our October 7, 2015 and November 5, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Rack Mountable Power Distribution Units (337-TA-980)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jan
22
On January 12, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 1 in Certain Rack Mountable Power Distribution Units (Inv. No. 337-TA-980).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 8, 2015 complaint filed by Server Technology, Inc. of Reno, Nevada (“STI”) alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain rack mountable power distribution units that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,162,521; 7,400,493; 7,414,329; 7,447,002; 7,567,430; 7,706,134; 8,541,906; 8,541,907; 8,601,291; and 8,694,272.  See our December 11, 2015 and January 11, 2016posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets 15-Month Target Date In Certain RF Capable Integrated Circuits (337-TA-982)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Feb
25
On February 25, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain RF Capable Integrated Circuits and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-982).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a December 15, 2015 complaint filed by ParkerVision, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain radio frequency (“RF”) capable integrated circuits, including RF receivers, RF transmitters, RF transceivers, and products containing same that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,879,817; 7,929,638; 8,571,135; and 9,118,528.  See our December 15, 2015 and January 21, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and the notice of investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion For Summary Determination On Domestic Industry (Economic Prong) In Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (337-TA-962)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
07
On February 23, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 8 (originally dated February 11, 2016) in Certain Resealable Packages With Slider Devices (Inv. No. 337-TA-962).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a June 17, 2015 complaint filed by Reynolds Presto Products Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain resealable packages with slider devices that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,427,421; 6,524,002; and 7,311,443.  See our June 17, 2015 and July 17, 2015 posts for more details on the complaint.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Surgical Stapler Devices (337-TA-985)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Mar
17
On March 10, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain Surgical Stapler Devices and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-985).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a January 8, 2016 complaint filed by Covidien LP alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain surgical stapler devices and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,669,073; 8,342,377; and 6,079,606.  See our January 8, 2016 and February 10, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Sets Procedural Schedule In Certain Pumping Bras (337-TA-988)

By Eric Schweibenz
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May
09
On May 5, 2016, ALJ Thomas B. Pender issued Order No. 4 in Certain Pumping Bras (Inv. No. 337-TA-988).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 5, 2016 complaint filed by Simple Wishes, LLC alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain pumping bras that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,323,070 and 8,192,247.  See our February 5, 2016 and March 9, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation As To Better Enterprise Co. In Certain Overflow And Drain Assemblies For Bathtubs (337-TA-993)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
15
On July 11, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 6 in Certain Overflow And Drain Assemblies For Bathtubs and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-993).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an April 4, 2016 complaint filed by WCM Industries, Inc. alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain overflow and drain assemblies for bathtubs and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,302,220; 8,321,970; 8,584,272; and 9,200,436.  See our April 4, 2016 and May 3, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint.
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ALJ Essex Sets 16-Month Target Date In Certain L-Tryptophan (337-TA-1005)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
18
On July 14, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 4 in Certain L-Tryptophan, L-Tryptophan Products, and Their Methods of Production (Inv. No. 337-TA-1005).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a May 10, 2016 complaint filed by Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Ajinomoto Heartland 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 L-tryptophan and L-tryptophan products that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,666,655 and 6,180,373.  See our May 10, 2016 and June 13, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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ALJ Essex Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation As To Buywish In Certain Pumping Bras (337-TA-988)

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jul
19
On July 14, 2016, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 9 in Certain Pumping Bras (Inv. No. 337-TA-988).

By way of background, this investigation is based on a February 5, 2016 complaint filed by Simple Wishes, LLC alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain pumping bras that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 8,323,070 and 8,192,247.  See our February 5, 2016 and March 9, 2016 posts for more details on the complaint and Notice of Investigation, respectively.
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