CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for
communications networks, has filed a patent
infringement lawsuit against Clearfield, Inc., a fiber optic manufacturer based
in the Minneapolis area.
The complaint asserts 13 patents
relating to CommScope fiber-to-the-X (FTTx) innovations against Clearfield’s
FieldSmart® PON Cabinets, WaveSmart® Ruggedized Splitters, FieldShield®
Deployment Reel System, SmartRoute® Panel, FieldShield® Multiport SmarTerminal
and FieldShield® Hardened Connectors.
invests heavily in fiber optic innovation to benefit its customers and
reinforce its position as a global leader in wireless and wireline network
infrastructure,” said Jaxon Lang, senior vice president and Connectivity
Solutions segment leader, CommScope. “As
such, we vigorously protect these valuable assets, and this action against
Clearfield is a necessary step to prevent unauthorized infringement.
business demand for more bandwidth and higher speeds is driving an intense need
for innovations that enable fast, efficient, and more cost-effective
deployments of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-building (FTTB), and
other fiber network nodes. Through
continuous and significant R&D investment, CommScope has built a deep and
extensive portfolio of issued patents related to a wide range of FTTx solutions
that simplify fiber network installation, maintenance and management from the
central office or head end to the home, business, or other node in the fiber
The action and complaint can be
found at CommScope Technologies LLC v. Clearfield, Inc., Case No. 17-cv-00307
(D. Minn., Jan. 2017). The asserted CommScope patents include U.S. Patent Nos.
7,233,731; 8,811,791; 7,198,409; 7,809,233; 9,201,206; 7,809,234; 7,816,602;
8,263,861; 8,705,929; 8,938,147; RE42,258; 7,397,997 and 9,122,021.
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM)
helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and
wireless networks. Our vast portfolio of network infrastructure includes some
of the world’s most robust and innovative wireless and fiber optic solutions.
Our talented and experienced global team is driven to help customers increase
bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and
availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration.
You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor
spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at
wireless cell sites; in telecom central offices and cable headends; in FTTx
deployments; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the
world run on CommScope solutions.
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