On February 10, Judge Essex issued the public version of his order denying Complainant’s Motion for Leave to Supplement Its Exhibit List and Witness Statement to Address Recent Developments in Its Domestic Industry.
On February 7, 2017, the ITC issued a Notice modifying the ALJ’s Initial Determination in Certain Electric Skin Care Devices, Brushes and Chargers Therefor, and Kits Containing Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-959 and issuing general and limited exclusion orders and cease and desist orders. Of note, the Commission vacated but took no position on the ALJ’s holding that R&D-related expenditures should not be counted toward meeting the domestic industry requirement under subsections A or B of the statute.
On December 7, 2016, the Commission affirmed Judge McNamara’s Initial Determination finding that the economic prong of domestic industry was satisfied in Certain Composite Aerogel Insulation Materials and Methods for Manufacturing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1003. However, the Commission determined to review and strike the portion of Judge McNamara’s decision relating to the allocation of expenses by asserted patent.
Chief Administrative Law Judge Bullock issued the public version of his Initial Determination in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof, and Methods of Using Same wherein he found that one of two asserted patents was valid and infringed. However, there was no violation of Section 337 because Complainants failed to properly allocate domestic expenses between the asserted patents.
In this installment of Section 337 Week in Review, the Commission denies a stay of an exclusion order in 337-TA-721 and extends the target date in 337-TA-959.
On October 25, 2016, the Commission issued a notice extending the target date until November 15, 2016, in Certain Electric Skin Care devices, Brushes and Chargers Therefore, and Kits Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-959.