US Patent No: 7,198,409

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Fiber optic connector holder and method

ALSO PUBLISHED AS: 20040264873
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The present invention relates to a fiber optic connector holder sized to fit within an opening for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to permit a fiber optic connector with a dust cap positioned about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule to be inserted within and releasably held by the connector holder. The present invention further relates to a system for holding fiber optic connectors including a fiber optic connector holder mounted within an opening in a bulkhead for mounting a fiber optic adapter. The fiber optic connector holder is configured to receive a fiber optic connector with a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule. The present invention also relates to a method of holding an optical fiber connector to a bulkhead, when the fiber optic connector includes a dust cap mounted about a ferrule and a polished end face of an optical fiber held by the ferrule.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC.EDEN PRAIRIE, MN1718

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barnes, Kathleen M Champlin, MN 68 858
Conroy, James W Prior Lake, MN 32 932
Douglas, Joel B Hutchinson, MN 74 978
Holmquist, Marlon E Gibbon, MN 61 591
Smith, Trevor D St. Louis Park, MN 248 3218
Tinucci, Thomas C Chaska, MN 143 1794
Walters, Cindy S Prior Lake, MN 46 554

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC. (13)
4,995,688 Optical fiber distribution frame 215 1989
5,214,735 Fiber optic connector retainer 168 1992
5,317,663 One-piece SC adapter 309 1993
5,497,444 High-density fiber distribution frame 320 1995
5,883,995 Fiber connector and adapter 153 1997
RE37489 Optical fiber distribution frame 108 1997
6,208,796 Fiber optic module 192 1998
6,160,946 Outside plant fiber distribution apparatus and method 144 1998
6,347,888 Fiber optic adapter, including hybrid connector system 93 1998
6,424,781 Optical fiber distribution frame with pivoting connector panels 170 1999
6,363,200 Outside plant fiber distribution apparatus and method 111 2000
6,760,531 Optical fiber distribution frame with outside plant enclosure 210 2000
2005/0002,633 Telecommunications connection cabinet 118 2003
 
MOLEX INCORPORATED (6)
5,333,222 Adapter for interconnecting optical fiber connectors or the like 91 1993
5,825,955 Fiber optic diversion connector 92 1997
5,774,612 Adapted for interconnecting optical fiber connectors 92 1997
6,079,881 Fiber optic connector receptacle assembly 129 1998
6,240,229 Connector assembly 100 1998
6,425,694 Fiber optic receptacle with protective shutter 106 2000
 
AMP Incorporated (3)
4,736,100 Optical loop attenuator simulating an optical system 109 1986
5,073,042 Coupling bushing for various types of optical fiber connectors 122 1990
5,076,688 Optical simulator with loop-back attenuator having metalized optical fiber 124 1991
 
CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
6,554,485 Translucent dust cap and associated method for testing the continuity of an optical fiber jumper 88 2000
6,483,977 Fiber management frame having movable work platform 92 2001
6,792,191 Local convergence cabinet 94 2003
 
CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC (3)
6,542,688 Optical fiber splicing and connecting assembly 95 2000
6,434,313 Fiber optic closure with couplers and splice tray 104 2000
6,539,160 Optical fiber splicing and connecting assembly with coupler cassette 140 2000
 
FURUKAWA ELECTRIC NORTH AMERICA, INC. (3)
5,647,043 Unipartite jack receptacle 151 1995
6,149,315 Side load resistant buildout 88 1998
6,464,402 Optical fiber connector tuning index tool 96 1999
 
SIECOR OPERATIONS, LLC (3)
6,044,193 Fiber optic interconnection enclosure having a forced air system 135 1998
6,411,767 Optical fiber interconnection closures 102 1999
6,496,640 Splice closure with removable and pivotable splice trays, and associated methods 92 1999
 
WHITAKER CORPORATION, THE (3)
5,333,221 Universal adapter for optical connectors 138 1992
5,542,015 Optical fiber connector latching mechanism 138 1994
6,027,252 Simplified fiber optic receptacle 88 1997
 
FITEL USA CORPORATION (2)
5,274,729 Universal optical fiber buildout system 178 1992
6,188,825 Dust cover for protecting optical fiber sleeve housing 87 1999
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC (2)
6,452,925 Universal access multimedia data network 170 2000
6,453,033 Automated system and method for subscriber line service control 64 2001
 
STRATOS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (2)
5,233,674 Fiber optic connector with sliding tab release 116 1991
6,234,683 Field repairable hermaphroditic connector 163 1999
 
ALCATEL CIT (1)
5,448,015 Support and Guide device for cables carrying elcetrical or light signals 112 1992
 
AMPHENOL CORPORATION (1)
5,956,444 Radiation absorbing shield for fiber optic systems 109 1997
 
BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (1)
6,539,147 Connectorized inside fiber optic drop 119 2000
 
LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (1)
6,577,595 Systems and methods for transporting associated data signals over a network 101 1999
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
5,930,425 High density coupling module 83 1998
 
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS (1)
6,278,829 Optical fiber routing and support apparatus 95 1999
 
SEIKOH GIKEN CO., LTD. (1)
6,431,762 Optical connector adapter 86 2000
 
SIECOR TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,359,688 Metal internal holding clips for fiber optic connector coupling 94 1994
 
The Siemon Company (1)
6,227,717 Dust caps for use with telecommunications adapters and connectors 120 1997
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
5,142,598 Fiber optic connector having snap ring adjustment means 111 1991
 
VERIZON LABORATORIES INC. (1)
6,188,687 Broadband switch that manages traffic and method therefor 94 1997
 
Verizon Services Group (1)
6,480,487 Digital loop carrier remote terminal having integrated digital subscriber plug-in line cards for multiplexing of telephone and broadband signals 118 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
5,408,557 FC-type optical fiber cable connector's adaptor 88 1994

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC. (58)
7,583,883 Fiber optic connector holder 9 2005
7,623,749 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 17 2006
7,352,948 Service blocker device and method 3 2006
7,646,958 Fiber distribution hub with half-loop pigtail storage 16 2007
7,941,026 Adapter block including connector storage 0 2007
7,583,885 Fiber distribution enclosure 9 2007
7,457,503 Telecommunications connection cabinet 65 2007
7,407,330 Fiber optic connector holder and method 64 2007
7,711,234 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 4 2007
7,760,984 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 15 2007
7,519,259 Increasing capacity of a telecommunications cabinet 31 2007
7,515,805 Fiber optic splitter 27 2007
7,728,225 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 5 2007
7,756,383 Service blocker device and method 2 2008
7,841,775 Connector storage system 5 2008
7,809,233 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 8 2008
7,751,672 Low profile fiber distribution hub 6 2008
7,720,344 Fiber distribution hub 3 2008
7,860,365 Edge protector for fiber optic cable routing 0 2008
8,229,265 Fiber distribution hub with multiple configurations 0 2008
7,844,159 Telecommunications connection cabinet 4 2008
8,238,709 Multi-configuration mounting system for fiber distribution hub 0 2008
7,809,234 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 16 2009
7,715,682 Fiber distribution hub having an adjustable plate 0 2009
7,831,125 Wall mount distribution arrangement 1 2009
7,826,706 Telecommunications connection cabinet 6 2009
7,945,137 Fiber optic connector holder 1 2009
8,382,382 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 0 2009
8,068,712 Fiber distribution hub 1 2009
8,005,335 Fiber distribution hub with pigtail routing 0 2010
8,380,036 Splitter module with connectorized pigtail manager 2 2010
8,262,294 Fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables 0 2010
8,532,490 Methods, systems and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 1 2010
8,009,955 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 0 2010
8,032,002 Fiber distribution hub 0 2010
7,964,793 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 1 2010
8,374,478 Fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables 0 2010
8,577,198 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 0 2010
8,606,067 Pedestal terminal with swing frame 1 2010
8,428,419 Fiber distribution hub with internal cable spool 0 2010
8,184,940 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 3 2010
7,995,894 Telecommunications connection cabinet 1 2010
7,980,768 Fiber optic connector holder and method 1 2010
8,498,510 Fiber distribution enclosure 0 2011
8,649,649 Fiber distribution hub with connectorized stub cables 1 2011
8,391,664 Fiber optic connector holder 0 2011
8,837,940 Methods and systems for distributing fiber optic telecommunication services to local areas and for supporting distributed antenna systems 0 2011
8,357,851 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 0 2011
8,401,357 Telecommunications connection cabinet 1 2011
8,210,756 Fiber optic connector holder and method 1 2011
8,224,145 Installing splitter module, storage receptacles and pigtails while pigtail connectors left in the storage receptacles 1 2011
8,498,511 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 0 2011
8,873,922 Fan-out and parking module 0 2011
8,538,228 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 2 2012
8,636,421 Fiber optic connector holder and method 0 2012
8,811,791 Telecommunications connection cabinet 0 2013
8,845,205 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 0 2013
8,818,158 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 0 2013
 
EMERSON NETWORK POWER, ENERGY SYSTEMS, NORTH AMERICA, INC. (2)
7,899,300 Dust caps for fiber optic connectors 1 2009
8,244,089 Dust caps for fiber optic connectors 2 2010
 
SENKO ADVANCED COMPONENTS, INC. (2)
8,408,815 Optical fiber connector and adapter 3 2009
8,465,317 Latching connector with remote release 2 2011
 
TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (2)
8,224,144 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 2 2009
8,369,677 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 0 2012
 
CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
7,734,138 Fiber optic connector holders 5 2007
 
CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC (1)
8,472,773 Fiber optic connector holder 4 2010

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