Panduit Wins Four Patent Challenges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Last week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued four final written decisions in favor of Panduit Corp., which had challenged a lawsuit filed by Corning Optical Communications in 2016 alleging patent infringement relating to high-density fiber optic systems and other products. The decisions bring the total of final written decisions in Panduit's favor to nine, resulting from that lawsuit.

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(Panduit is) very pleased with the results (of the PATB's decision) and intends to defend these wins if they are appealed.

On April 15, 2016, Corning Optical Communications filed suit against Panduit Corp. (“Panduit”), alleging that Panduit infringes patents relating to high-density fiber optic systems (Panduit’s HD Flex products), cassette and harness assemblies for interconnecting optical devices (Panduit’s QuickNet products), and fiber optic connectors (Panduit’s OptiCam products). In response to the lawsuit, Panduit challenged all eight patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), alleging that claims in the asserted patents were invalid.

Last week, the PTAB issued four more final written decisions in Panduit’s favor, determining that Panduit had shown, by a preponderance of evidence, that all challenged claims were invalid. Panduit has now received favorable final written decisions in six of the eight patents before the PTAB.

In response to the latest decisions, Marc Naese, Panduit’s SVP Network Infrastructure, stated: “We’re very pleased with the results and intend to defend these wins if they are appealed.” Naese also noted that Panduit holds hundreds of patents itself and respects the intellectual property of others. “We license our own patents, and we take licenses from others. However, when necessary, Panduit will aggressively defend its interests.”

The underlying lawsuit, pending in Delaware, is currently stayed (Case No. 1:16-CV-002368-CFC, District Court for the District of Delaware).

In a separate action, Panduit has filed suit against Corning, Inc. (Case No. 5:18-CV-229-FL, District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina) alleging that Corning has infringed two patents relating to the selection of high-performance, multi-mode optical fiber (Panduit’s Signature Core products).    

About Panduit:
Since 1955, Panduit’s culture of curiosity and passion for problem solving have enabled more meaningful connections between companies’ business goals and their marketplace success. Panduit creates leading-edge physical, electrical, and network infrastructure solutions for enterprise-wide environments, from the data center to the telecom room, from the desktop to the plant floor. Headquartered in Tinley Park, IL and operating in 112 global locations, Panduit’s proven reputation for quality and technology leadership, coupled with a robust partner ecosystem, help support, sustain, and empower business growth in a connected world. Learn more about Panduit.

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