August 11, 2008 -- ADC and Panduit announced that Panduit has taken a license to certain ADC patents directed to angled patching, a feature employed in the enterprise structured cabling market. The licensing agreement covers angled patch panels such as the Category 5e, 6 and 6a RJ angled patch panels that are widely deployed in data center environments. The license agreement allows Panduit, a market leader in this space, to continue selling its angled patch panel products.
"This agreement strengthens our market position by securing a license to an ADC patent portfolio in angled patching," comments Tom Donovan, president of Panduit.
"ADC has developed a truly innovative approach to solving the space and usability challenges of traditional patching products. We have led the market with our own angled patch panels and offer an industry standard intellectual property license to other manufacturers making angled patch panels for the structured cabling market," adds Jaxon Lang, vice president of Global Connectivity Solutions Americas for ADC.
Panduit joins CommScope as a licensee of ADC's angled patching portfolio.
The license partially resolves a patent infringement lawsuit, filed by ADC in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. In its complaint, ADC alleged that Panduit infringed various ADC patents, including ADC's U.S. Patent No. 6,916,199 ("the '199 patent") and No. 7,244,144 ("the '144 patent") which are directed to patch panels with angled patching.