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BKS loses court decision to Siemon relating to Cat 7/ClassF Tera connector

A German appeals court has thrown out a patent infringement lawsuit against The Siemon Company.


September 8, 2003  


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A German appeals court has thrown out a patent infringement lawsuit against The Siemon Company.

The suit, which was first filed two years ago by BKS, pertained to Siemon’s Category 7/Class F Tera connector. In 1999, it was accepted without opposition as the category 7 “non-RJ” style connector interface by the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC25 Working Group 3.

Siemon competed against five other “non-RJ" proposals from IBM/Thomas & Betts, Telesafe, Sofim, BTR/Ackermann/Telegrtner and BKS.

The connector features one, two and four-port modularity and allows up to four separate applications to run simultaneously on a single cable.

The suit, which related to European Patent Number 809,331 was originally rejected by a lower court that found that no infringement occurred. A similar ruling in the U.S. also occurred.

Michael Cantor, a partner at Cantor Colburn LLP, Siemon’s intellectual property lawyers, said that while the company respects the patent rights of its competitors, "we are not at all surprised" that the court ruled in its favour.

With the dismissal of the suits, international standards which cover the connector interface have been published and specified for category 7/class F cabling.


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