Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amphenol Corporation Sues PCT International

On Monday, October 15, 2012 Amphenol Corporation and Times Fiber Communications (plaintiffs) launched a suit against PCT International (defendant) for patent infringement in the U.S. District Court of Connecticut (case no. 3:12-cv-01468).

Times Fiber Communication is a subsidiary of Amphenol. They are the manufacturers of fiber optic management equipment and interconnect products for cable television, satellite, data, and powering applications for broadband communications networks. PCT International is a developer and manufacturer of last mile and access network solutions for broadband communication networks.

The patent US7544094 (Paglia patent) involved in this suit is currently assigned* to Amphenol Corporation (source: Maxval’s Assignment Database). The patent entitled Connector Assembly with Gripping Sleeve was issued on June 09, 2009 and expires[i] on December 20, 2027.

According to the complaint, the defendant’s product jumper sleeves infringe the Paglia patent. Jumper Sleeves are used with connector assemblies to facilitate gripping and mating of a connector to its counterpart. Below is a picture of PCT’s Jumper Sleeve.

The plaintiff in the past had filed four cases. If you would like to know more about the cases, please contact us.
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* MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[i]Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.

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