As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year. On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of Dennis M. Devaney and Randolph J. Stayin to fill these vacancies. These nominations come with the ITC operating with only four out of six Commissioners and a historically high Section 337 caseload.
In Certain Digital Cable and Satellite Products, Set-Top Boxes, Gateways and components Thereof; Inv. No. 337-TA-1049, ALJ McNamara recently denied a motion by Respondents to amend their answer to the complaint to add the defense of impermissible reissue recapture under 35 U.S.C. § 251.
In Certain Integrated Circuits with Voltage Regulators and Products Containing Same; Inv. No. 337-TA-1024, Chief ALJ Bullock recently denied a motion by Complainant R2 Semiconductor, Inc. to take additional discovery and supplement its expert reports based on the CALJ’s claim construction ruling.
On September 28, 2017, in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Products; Inv. No. 337-TA-1002, ALJ Lord issued the public version of her order requiring Respondents Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corp., Wuhan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., and WISCO America Co., Ltd. (“WISCO”) and Jiangsu Shagang Group and Jiangsu Shagang International Trade Co., Ltd. (“Shagang”) each pay about $35,000 to Complainant in attorney’s fees as a sanction for violating an order requiring the production of certain discovery. The ALJ further held that an adverse inference would be entered against both parties.
ALJ Essex has retired from the ITC after a decade of service. News of his retirement was provided in notices issued by Chief ALJ Bullock in investigations previously assigned to ALJ Essex.