US Patent No: 7,198,409

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Fiber optic connector holder and method

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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 OwnerAddressTotal Patents
COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLCHICKORY, NC2735

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barnes, Kathleen M Golden Valley, MN 38 1603
Conroy, James W Prior Lake, MN 23 1272
Douglas, Joel B Hutchinson, MN 39 1939
Holmquist, Marlon E Gibbon, MN 35 817
Smith, Trevor D Eden Prairie, MN 147 5912
Tinucci, Thomas C Chaska, MN 70 3404
Walters, Cindy S Prior Lake, MN 27 863

Cited Art Landscape

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC (1)
6,577,595 Systems and methods for transporting associated data signals over a network 150 1999
 
COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (9)
5,883,995 Fiber connector and adapter 203 1997
RE37489 Optical fiber distribution frame 160 1997
6,208,796 Fiber optic module 242 1998
6,160,946 Outside plant fiber distribution apparatus and method 189 1998
* 6,347,888 Fiber optic adapter, including hybrid connector system 132 1998
6,424,781 Optical fiber distribution frame with pivoting connector panels 218 1999
6,363,200 Outside plant fiber distribution apparatus and method 153 2000
6,760,531 Optical fiber distribution frame with outside plant enclosure 250 2000
2005/0002,633 Telecommunications connection cabinet 157 2003
 
CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (3)
* 6,554,485 Translucent dust cap and associated method for testing the continuity of an optical fiber jumper 128 2000
6,483,977 Fiber management frame having movable work platform 130 2001
6,792,191 Local convergence cabinet 121 2003
 
FURUKAWA ELECTRIC NORTH AMERICA, INC. (3)
5,647,043 Unipartite jack receptacle 197 1995
6,149,315 Side load resistant buildout 126 1998
* 6,464,402 Optical fiber connector tuning index tool 137 1999
 
SIECOR TECHNOLOGY, INC. (1)
5,359,688 Metal internal holding clips for fiber optic connector coupling 131 1994
 
THE WHITAKER CORPORATION (3)
5,333,221 Universal adapter for optical connectors 176 1992
5,542,015 Optical fiber connector latching mechanism 185 1994
6,027,252 Simplified fiber optic receptacle 137 1997
 
SIECOR OPERATIONS, LLC (3)
6,044,193 Fiber optic interconnection enclosure having a forced air system 179 1998
6,411,767 Optical fiber interconnection closures 142 1999
6,496,640 Splice closure with removable and pivotable splice trays, and associated methods 130 1999
 
CORNING CABLE SYSTEMS LLC (3)
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6,434,313 Fiber optic closure with couplers and splice tray 146 2000
6,539,160 Optical fiber splicing and connecting assembly with coupler cassette 181 2000
 
AMP INCORPORATED, A CORPORATION OF PENNSYLVANIA (3)
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INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC (1)
6,453,033 Automated system and method for subscriber line service control 80 2001
 
THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (1)
* 5,142,598 Fiber optic connector having snap ring adjustment means 149 1991
 
MARCONI COMMUNICATIONS (1)
6,278,829 Optical fiber routing and support apparatus 137 1999
 
SEIKOH GIKEN CO., LTD. (1)
* 6,431,762 Optical connector adapter 124 2000
 
ALCATEL CIT (1)
5,448,015 Support and Guide device for cables carrying elcetrical or light signals 151 1992
 
BELLSOUTH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (1)
6,539,147 Connectorized inside fiber optic drop 153 2000
 
STRATOS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (2)
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6,234,683 Field repairable hermaphroditic connector 206 1999
 
LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES INC. (1)
5,930,425 High density coupling module 121 1998
 
The Siemon Company (1)
* 6,227,717 Dust caps for use with telecommunications adapters and connectors 167 1997
 
FITEL USA CORP. (2)
5,274,729 Universal optical fiber buildout system 212 1992
* 6,188,825 Dust cover for protecting optical fiber sleeve housing 126 1999
 
MOLEX INCORPORATED (6)
5,333,222 Adapter for interconnecting optical fiber connectors or the like 128 1993
5,825,955 Fiber optic diversion connector 130 1997
5,774,612 Adapted for interconnecting optical fiber connectors 130 1997
* 6,079,881 Fiber optic connector receptacle assembly 170 1998
6,240,229 Connector assembly 139 1998
* 6,425,694 Fiber optic receptacle with protective shutter 147 2000
 
ADC TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC. (4)
4,995,688 Optical fiber distribution frame 271 1989
5,214,735 Fiber optic connector retainer 208 1992
5,317,663 One-piece SC adapter 378 1993
5,497,444 High-density fiber distribution frame 406 1995
 
INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC (1)
6,452,925 Universal access multimedia data network 247 2000
 
VERIZON LABORATORIES INC. (1)
6,188,687 Broadband switch that manages traffic and method therefor 138 1997
 
AMPHENOL CORPORATION (1)
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VERIZON SERVICES GROUP (1)
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* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SENKO ADVANCED COMPONENTS, INC. (9)
* 2009/0214,162 APPARATUS AND FIBER OPTIC CABLE RETENTION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME 8 2008
8,408,815 Optical fiber connector and adapter 11 2009
* 2010/0322,561 OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR AND ADAPTER 7 2009
8,465,317 Latching connector with remote release 12 2011
8,974,124 Fiber optic connector 0 2012
9,360,649 Cable guide for fiber optic cables 0 2013
9,188,747 True one piece housing fiber optic adapter 0 2013
9,297,964 Optical fiber connector assembly 0 2014
9,274,287 Optical fiber connector and ferrule 0 2014
 
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
 
COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (105)
7,583,883 Fiber optic connector holder 14 2005
* 2007/0025,674 Fiber optic connector holder 5 2005
7,623,749 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 31 2006
* 2007/0165,995 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 45 2006
* 7,352,948 Service blocker device and method 3 2006
* 2007/0177,843 Service blocker device and method 3 2006
7,646,958 Fiber distribution hub with half-loop pigtail storage 24 2007
7,941,026 Adapter block including connector storage 0 2007
7,583,885 Fiber distribution enclosure 10 2007
7,457,503 Telecommunications connection cabinet 81 2007
7,407,330 Fiber optic connector holder and method 80 2007
* 2008/0075,411 Telecommunications connection cabinet 24 2007
7,711,234 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 5 2007
* 2008/0080,829 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 8 2007
7,760,984 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 37 2007
* 2008/0031,585 Fiber Distribution Hub with Swing Frame and Wrap-Around Doors 48 2007
7,519,259 Increasing capacity of a telecommunications cabinet 46 2007
7,515,805 Fiber optic splitter 41 2007
* 2008/0025,684 Fiber Optic Splitter 50 2007
* 2008/0019,655 Fiber Optic Splitter 45 2007
7,728,225 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 6 2007
7,756,383 Service blocker device and method 2 2008
* 2009/0016,684 Service blocker device and method 4 2008
7,841,775 Connector storage system 9 2008
* 2009/0087,157 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER AND METHOD 61 2008
7,809,233 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 15 2008
* 2008/0317,425 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABINET WITH CONNECTOR STORAGE 57 2008
7,751,672 Low profile fiber distribution hub 10 2008
* 2009/0110,359 LOW PROFILE FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 9 2008
7,720,344 Fiber distribution hub 3 2008
* 2009/0103,879 Fiber Distribution Hub 16 2008
7,860,365 Edge protector for fiber optic cable routing 1 2008
* 2009/0190,894 Edge Protector for Fiber Optic Cable Routing 11 2008
8,229,265 Fiber distribution hub with multiple configurations 0 2008
7,844,159 Telecommunications connection cabinet 9 2008
* 2009/0074,372 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONNECTION CABINET 63 2008
8,238,709 Multi-configuration mounting system for fiber distribution hub 0 2008
7,809,234 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 28 2009
7,715,682 Fiber distribution hub having an adjustable plate 0 2009
* 2009/0226,143 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE PLATE 6 2009
7,831,125 Wall mount distribution arrangement 1 2009
7,826,706 Telecommunications connection cabinet 13 2009
7,945,137 Fiber optic connector holder 2 2009
* 2009/0285,541 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER 7 2009
8,382,382 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 5 2009
8,224,144 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 5 2009
8,068,712 Fiber distribution hub 4 2009
8,005,335 Fiber distribution hub with pigtail routing 1 2010
8,380,036 Splitter module with connectorized pigtail manager 8 2010
* 2010/0183,276 Splitter Module with Connectorized Pigtail Manager 4 2010
8,262,294 Fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables 1 2010
* 2011/0188,813 Fiber Optic Dust Cap and Connector for Terminating Multi-Fiber Optical Cables 8 2010
8,532,490 Methods, systems and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 5 2010
* 2010/0226,654 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
* 2010/0290,753 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 8 2010
7,964,793 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 2 2010
* 2010/0209,066 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB WITH DUAL SWING FRAMES 1 2010
* 2010/0329,623 LOW PROFILE FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 1 2010
* 2011/0026,894 WALL-MOUNTED FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 5 2010
8,374,478 Fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables 0 2010
* 2011/0013,876 Fiber Optic Dust Cap and Connector for Terminating Multi-Fiber Optical Cables 3 2010
8,577,198 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 1 2010
8,606,067 Pedestal terminal with swing frame 2 2010
* 2011/0058,785 PEDESTAL TERMINAL WITH SWING FRAME 1 2010
8,428,419 Fiber distribution hub with internal cable spool 0 2010
* 2011/0103,761 Fiber Distribution Hub with Internal Cable Spool 4 2010
8,184,940 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 5 2010
* 2011/0019,965 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABINET WITH CONNECTOR STORAGE 6 2010
7,995,894 Telecommunications connection cabinet 3 2010
7,980,768 Fiber optic connector holder and method 3 2010
* 2011/0033,158 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER AND METHOD 3 2010
* 2011/0033,164 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONNECTION CABINET 2 2010
8,958,679 Fibre-optic telecommunications module 0 2011
8,498,510 Fiber distribution enclosure 0 2011
8,649,649 Fiber distribution hub with connectorized stub cables 3 2011
8,391,664 Fiber optic connector holder 1 2011
* 2011/0176,785 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER 1 2011
9,078,287 Fiber to the antenna 1 2011
8,837,940 Methods and systems for distributing fiber optic telecommunication services to local areas and for supporting distributed antenna systems 15 2011
8,357,851 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 0 2011
8,401,357 Telecommunications connection cabinet 3 2011
8,210,756 Fiber optic connector holder and method 2 2011
8,224,145 Installing splitter module, storage receptacles and pigtails while pigtail connectors left in the storage receptacles 2 2011
8,498,511 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 2 2011
8,873,922 Fan-out and parking module 0 2011
8,538,228 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 4 2012
8,369,677 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 3 2012
8,636,421 Fiber optic connector holder and method 1 2012
8,811,791 Telecommunications connection cabinet 1 2013
8,845,205 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 5 2013
8,818,158 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 1 2013
8,929,740 Methods, systems and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 1 2013
9,146,362 Insertion and removal tool for a fiber optic ferrule alignment sleeve 0 2013
9,146,374 Rapid deployment packaging for optical fiber 0 2013
9,335,504 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 0 2013
9,122,019 Fiber optic connector holder and method 0 2013
9,341,798 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 0 2014
9,348,103 Low profile fiber distribution hub 0 2014
9,304,276 Telecommunications connection cabinet 0 2014
8,992,095 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 1 2014
9,201,206 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 0 2014
9,354,402 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 0 2015
9,250,408 Telecommunications connection cabinet 0 2015
 
CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (4)
7,734,138 Fiber optic connector holders 23 2007
* 2008/0298,764 Fiber optic connector holders 2 2007
* 8,472,773 Fiber optic connector holder 22 2010
* 2012/0033,926 Fiber Optic Connector Holder 2 2010
 
AMPHENOL FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN)CO., LTD. (1)
9,268,103 Interlockable fiber optic connector adaptors 0 2013
 
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (2)
* 9,297,962 Mono-block type optical fiber adapter 0 2013
* 2014/0147,082 MONO-BLOCK TYPE OPTICAL FIBER ADAPTER 2 2013
 
TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
9,223,094 Flexible optical circuit, cassettes, and methods 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner

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