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Draka Comteq sued by OFS over patent infringement

Furukawa Electric North America Inc. (FENA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary OFS Fitel LLC, a designer, manufacturer...


June 13, 2007  


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Furukawa Electric North America Inc. (FENA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary OFS Fitel LLC, a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of fiber optic products, has launched a lawsuit against Draka Comteq Inc.

Furukawa alleges that the North Carolina-based company infringed several U.S. patents related to single-mode and multi-mode optical fiber, processes for making optical fiber and optical fiber cables.

OFS, formerly the U.S. optical fiber business of Lucent Technologies purchased by FENA in 2001, was an early pioneer in a range of optical fiber design, manufacturing processes, and systems-related products for telecommunications technologies.

“The decision to proceed with this patent infringement filing was carefully considered,” said Timothy Murray, head of operations and engineering at OFS.

“OFS invests millions of dollars each year in research and development to create new, patented inventions that bring significant value to our customers.

The proceedings instituted by FENA on behalf of OFS come at a time when the optical telecommunications industry is focusing on new fiber and system designs to enhance, among other things, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) applications.

“The telecommunications industry is focusing on fiber optic based solutions to increase their offerings of valuable services to their customers, Murray said. New fiber and systems designs will be needed for the next generation of optical fiber-based telecommunications.”