Following up on our November 22, 2016, post, the Commission issued a Notice of its Final Decision in Certain Lithium Metal Oxide Cathode Materials, Lithium-Ion Batteries For Power Tool Products Containing Same, And Power Tool Products With Lithium-Ion Batteries Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-951. As previously discussed, the oral argument in front of the Commission in this investigation was the first in nearly a decade.
On October 14, 2016, the Commission issued an Opinion in Certain Stainless Steel Products, Certain Processes for Manufacturing or Relating to Same and Certain Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-933 denying a request for an advisory opinion.
As noted in our May 16, 2016, post, the ITC will be conducting a live Section 337 hearing before the Commission for the first time in nearly a decade. In a notice issued on October 11, 2016, the Commission indicated that the November 17, 2016, hearing will be limited to the issues of laches, contributory infringement, and the public interest. The Commission also provided details regarding the format of the hearing process.
In this installment of Section 337 Week in Review, the Commission determines to review the ID in 337-TA-947, Judge Pender issued the public version of his ID in 337-TA-965, and the Commission instituted investigation 337-TA-1023.
On September 29, 2016, Judge Pender issued the public version of his initial determination in Certain Table Saws Incorporating Active Injury Mitigation Technology and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-965, finding a violation of Section 337 with respect to two of four asserted patents.
On September 22, 2016, Judge Lord issued the public version of her initial determination in Certain Activity Tracking Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-963, finding no violation of Section 337. If upheld by the Commission, Judge Lord’s ruling marks a rare denial of relief for allegations based on misappropriation of trade secrets.