• ALJ Bullock Sets 19-Month Target Date In Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Control Technology (337-TA-820)
  • January 13, 2012 | Author: Eric W. Schweibenz
  • Law Firm: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. - Alexandria Office
  • Further to our December 16, 2011 post, on January 10, 2012, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued Order No. 4 in Certain Products Containing Interactive Program Guide And Parental Controls Technology (Inv. No. 337-TA-820).

    In the Order, ALJ Bullock set July 22, 2013 as the target date for completing the investigation (which is nineteen months after institution of the investigation).  ALJ Bullock determined that there is good cause for setting a target date exceeding sixteen months in this investigation in light of “the complexity of the asserted technology and the number of claims at issue.”

    In addition, ALJ Bullock directed the parties to submit discovery statements and proposed procedural schedules by January 18, 2012.  ALJ Bullock also determined that “a Markman hearing [in this investigation] will be beneficial and assist in streamlining the issues for the evidentiary hearing.”  ALJ Bullock therefore noted in the Order that the Markman hearing will commence on April  5, 2012 and the evidentiary hearing in this matter will commence on November 9, 2012.