Fiber optic connector holder and method

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7198409
APP PUB NO 20040264873A1
SERIAL NO

10610325

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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, NC2942

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barnes, Kathleen M Golden Valley, MN 38 1887
Conroy, James W Prior Lake, MN 23 1429
Douglas, Joel B Hutchinson, MN 39 2317
Holmquist, Marlon E Gibbon, MN 36 926
Smith, Trevor D Eden Prairie, MN 157 7087
Tinucci, Thomas C Chaska, MN 70 4057
Walters, Cindy S Prior Lake, MN 27 975

Cited Art Landscape

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (1)
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COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (9)
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THE SIEMON COMPANY (1)
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CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (6)
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
SENKO ADVANCED COMPONENTS, INC. (16)
* 2009/0214,162 APPARATUS AND FIBER OPTIC CABLE RETENTION SYSTEM INCLUDING SAME 16 2008
8408815 Optical fiber connector and adapter 26 2009
* 2010/0322,561 OPTICAL FIBER CONNECTOR AND ADAPTER 14 2009
8465317 Latching connector with remote release 23 2011
8974124 Fiber optic connector 0 2012
9360649 Cable guide for fiber optic cables 1 2013
9188747 True one piece housing fiber optic adapter 2 2013
9618703 Connector housing for securing an optical cable and methods of use and manufacture thereof 0 2013
9477049 Lockable connectors and connection assemblies 0 2013
9535230 Integrated fiber optic cable fan-out connector 0 2014
9297964 Optical fiber connector assembly 1 2014
9274287 Optical fiber connector and ferrule 0 2014
9618702 Reduced-profile data transmission element connectors, adapters, and connection assemblies thereof 0 2014
9599778 Latching connector with remote release 0 2014
9494745 Sealable communication cable connection assemblies 0 2015
9658409 Optical fiber connector with changeable polarity 0 2015
 
EMERSON NETWORK POWER, ENERGY SYSTEMS, NORTH AMERICA, INC. (3)
7899300 Dust caps for fiber optic connectors 1 2009
* 2010/0310,226 Dust Caps for Fiber Optic Connectors 35 2009
8244089 Dust caps for fiber optic connectors 2 2010
 
COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (120)
7583883 Fiber optic connector holder 14 2005
* 2007/0025,674 Fiber optic connector holder 6 2005
7623749 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 41 2006
* 2007/0165,995 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 57 2006
* 7352948 Service blocker device and method 3 2006
* 2007/0177,843 Service blocker device and method 3 2006
7646958 Fiber distribution hub with half-loop pigtail storage 30 2007
7941026 Adapter block including connector storage 0 2007
7583885 Fiber distribution enclosure 11 2007
* 2008/0124,038 Fiber distribution enclosure 22 2007
7457503 Telecommunications connection cabinet 90 2007
7407330 Fiber optic connector holder and method 88 2007
* 2008/0075,411 Telecommunications connection cabinet 25 2007
7711234 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 5 2007
* 2008/0080,829 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 8 2007
7760984 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 41 2007
* 2008/0031,585 Fiber Distribution Hub with Swing Frame and Wrap-Around Doors 54 2007
7519259 Increasing capacity of a telecommunications cabinet 51 2007
7515805 Fiber optic splitter 46 2007
* 2008/0025,684 Fiber Optic Splitter 54 2007
* 2008/0019,655 Fiber Optic Splitter 48 2007
7728225 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 8 2007
7756383 Service blocker device and method 2 2008
* 2009/0016,684 Service blocker device and method 4 2008
7841775 Connector storage system 14 2008
* 2009/0087,157 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER AND METHOD 66 2008
7809233 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 19 2008
* 2008/0317,425 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABINET WITH CONNECTOR STORAGE 63 2008
7751672 Low profile fiber distribution hub 16 2008
* 2009/0110,359 LOW PROFILE FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 14 2008
7720344 Fiber distribution hub 3 2008
* 2009/0103,879 Fiber Distribution Hub 18 2008
7860365 Edge protector for fiber optic cable routing 1 2008
* 2009/0190,894 Edge Protector for Fiber Optic Cable Routing 16 2008
8229265 Fiber distribution hub with multiple configurations 1 2008
* 2009/0263,096 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB WITH MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS 39 2008
7844159 Telecommunications connection cabinet 15 2008
* 2009/0074,372 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONNECTION CABINET 69 2008
8238709 Multi-configuration mounting system for fiber distribution hub 0 2008
7809234 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 37 2009
7715682 Fiber distribution hub having an adjustable plate 1 2009
* 2009/0226,143 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB HAVING AN ADJUSTABLE PLATE 6 2009
7831125 Wall mount distribution arrangement 1 2009
7826706 Telecommunications connection cabinet 17 2009
* 2009/0196,565 Telecommunications Connection Cabinet 50 2009
7945137 Fiber optic connector holder 2 2009
* 2009/0285,541 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER 8 2009
8382382 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 6 2009
8224144 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 5 2009
8068712 Fiber distribution hub 5 2009
8005335 Fiber distribution hub with pigtail routing 1 2010
8380036 Splitter module with connectorized pigtail manager 10 2010
* 2010/0183,276 Splitter Module with Connectorized Pigtail Manager 7 2010
8262294 Fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables 3 2010
* 2011/0188,813 Fiber Optic Dust Cap and Connector for Terminating Multi-Fiber Optical Cables 10 2010
8532490 Methods, systems and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 13 2010
* 2010/0226,654 Methods, Systems and Devices for Integrating Wireless Technology into a Fiber Optic Network 1 2010
8009955 Reskinnable fiber distribution hub 0 2010
8032002 Fiber distribution hub 0 2010
* 2010/0290,753 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 11 2010
7964793 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 2 2010
* 2010/0209,066 FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB WITH DUAL SWING FRAMES 3 2010
* 2010/0329,623 LOW PROFILE FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 2 2010
* 2011/0026,894 WALL-MOUNTED FIBER DISTRIBUTION HUB 6 2010
8374478 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
8577198 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 1 2010
8606067 Pedestal terminal with swing frame 3 2010
* 2011/0058,785 PEDESTAL TERMINAL WITH SWING FRAME 1 2010
8428419 Fiber distribution hub with internal cable spool 2 2010
* 2011/0103,761 Fiber Distribution Hub with Internal Cable Spool 7 2010
8184940 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 5 2010
* 2011/0019,965 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABINET WITH CONNECTOR STORAGE 7 2010
7995894 Telecommunications connection cabinet 4 2010
7980768 Fiber optic connector holder and method 4 2010
* 2011/0033,158 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER AND METHOD 3 2010
* 2011/0033,164 TELECOMMUNICATIONS CONNECTION CABINET 2 2010
8958679 Fibre-optic telecommunications module 0 2011
8498510 Fiber distribution enclosure 0 2011
8649649 Fiber distribution hub with connectorized stub cables 5 2011
* 2011/0235,986 OPTICAL FIBER DRAWER WITH CONNECTORIZED STUB CABLE 0 2011
8391664 Fiber optic connector holder 2 2011
* 2011/0176,785 FIBER OPTIC CONNECTOR HOLDER 2 2011
9078287 Fiber to the antenna 6 2011
8837940 Methods and systems for distributing fiber optic telecommunication services to local areas and for supporting distributed antenna systems 30 2011
8357851 Fiber distribution hub with dual swing frames 0 2011
8401357 Telecommunications connection cabinet 5 2011
8210756 Fiber optic connector holder and method 3 2011
8224145 Installing splitter module, storage receptacles and pigtails while pigtail connectors left in the storage receptacles 3 2011
8498511 Fiber distribution hub with modular termination blocks 3 2011
8873922 Fan-out and parking module 0 2011
8538228 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 4 2012
8369677 Fiber optic connector storage apparatus and methods for using the same 3 2012
8636421 Fiber optic connector holder and method 2 2012
9535229 Fiber optic cassette, system, and method 0 2012
8811791 Telecommunications connection cabinet 1 2013
8845205 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 5 2013
8818158 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 1 2013
8929740 Methods, systems and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 4 2013
9146362 Insertion and removal tool for a fiber optic ferrule alignment sleeve 0 2013
9146374 Rapid deployment packaging for optical fiber 0 2013
9335504 Fiber distribution hub with swing frame and wrap-around doors 0 2013
9122019 Fiber optic connector holder and method 1 2013
9435975 Modular high density telecommunications frame and chassis system 0 2014
9341798 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 0 2014
9348103 Low profile fiber distribution hub 1 2014
9304276 Telecommunications connection cabinet 0 2014
9414137 Methods and systems for distributing fiber optic telecommunication services to local areas and for supporting distributed antenna systems 0 2014
8992095 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 1 2014
9201206 Telecommunications cabinet with connector storage 0 2014
9438342 Methods, systems, and devices for integrating wireless technology into a fiber optic network 0 2015
9354402 Fiber optic adapter with integrally molded ferrule alignment structure 0 2015
9494758 Fiber optic distribution system 0 2015
9553669 Fiber to the antenna 0 2015
9250408 Telecommunications connection cabinet 1 2015
9470851 Fiber optic connector holder and method 0 2015
9470869 Rapid deployment packaging for optical fiber 0 2015
* 9417403 Fiber optic connector with field installable outer connector housing and keyed ferrule hub 0 2015
9541724 Telecommunications connection cabinet 0 2015
9690063 Low profile fiber distribution hub 0 2016
 
CCS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (4)
7734138 Fiber optic connector holders 26 2007
* 2008/0298,764 Fiber optic connector holders 2 2007
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AMPHENOL FIBER OPTIC TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD. (1)
9268103 Interlockable fiber optic connector adaptors 0 2013
 
Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. (2)
* 9297962 Mono-block type optical fiber adapter 0 2013
* 2014/0147,082 MONO-BLOCK TYPE OPTICAL FIBER ADAPTER 4 2013
 
TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION (1)
9223094 Flexible optical circuit, cassettes, and methods 2 2013
 
COMMSCOPE CONNECTIVITY BELGIUM BVBA (2)
* 9606299 Fiber optic connection system 0 2014
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* Cited By Examiner

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