MINNEAPOLIS, USA: ADC announced that Tyco Electronics has taken a license to certain ADC patents directed to fiber-to-the-premises (FTTX) technology.
The licensing agreement between the two fiber optic connectivity market leaders settles existing litigation between the companies. ADCs patents relate to fiber distribution hubs, optical splitter modules and fiber drop terminals that are widely deployed in the FTTX environment.
For ADC, the license provides acknowledgment of the companys FTTX patent portfolio by another industry leader in the FTTX market. “ADC has an industry standard license available to our FTTX portfolio,” said Jaxon Lang, vice president Global Connectivity Solutions Americas for ADC.
“With Tyco Electronics agreeing to take a license to ADCs portfolio, it provides recognition of the value of our portfolio by companies making fiber distribution hubs and fiber drop terminals for the FTTX market.”
In its patent case, ADC alleged that Tyco Electronics infringed various ADC patents, including ADCs U.S. Patent Nos. 7,200,317 (“the 317 patent”), 7,233,731 (“the 731 patent”) and 7,407,330 (“the 330 patent”), which are directed to fiber distribution hubs, and ADCs U.S. Patent Nos. 7,397,997 (“the 997 patent) and 7,400,815 (“the 815 patent”), which are directed to fiber drop terminals.
Tyco Electronics also asserted one of its patents, which was assigned to ADC as part of the settlement.