CommScope files patent suit against Clearfield

CommScope said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against fiber optic manufacturer Clearfield, Inc.

The complaint asserts 13 patents relating to CommScope fiber-to-the-X (FTTx) innovations against Clearfield’s FieldSmart PON Cabinets, WaveSmart Ruggedized Splitters, FieldShield Deployment Reel System, SmartRoute Panel, FieldShield Multiport SmarTerminal and FieldShield Hardened Connectors.

“CommScope invests heavily in fiber optic innovation to benefit its customers and reinforce its position as a global leader in wireless and wireline network infrastructure,” said Jaxon Lang, senior vice president and Connectivity Solutions segment leader, CommScope.

“As such, we vigorously protect these valuable assets, and this action against Clearfield is a necessary step to prevent unauthorized infringement.

“Consumer and business demand for more bandwidth and higher speeds is driving an intense need for innovations that enable fast, efficient, and more cost-effective deployments of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-building (FTTB), and other fiber network nodes.

“Through continuous and significant R&D investment, CommScope has built a deep and extensive portfolio of issued patents related to a wide range of FTTx solutions that simplify fiber network installation, maintenance and management from the central office or head end to the home, business, or other node in the fiber network.”

Clearfield said it intended to vigorously defend the suit.

Clearfield CEO Cheri Beranek said: “It seems that Clearfield’s successful penetration and growth in the fiber broadband market has attracted the notice of its competitors.

“Clearfield remains committed to pursuing its market development initiatives and to winning business with an expansive product offering to a broad customer base that recognizes Clearfield’s strong value proposition.”