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DSM announces Federal Circuit decision confirming patentability of fiber optic coating patents

Elgin IL , US, 18 Sep 2015 16:00 CEST

DSM successfully defended their fiber optic coating patents portfolio against a validity challenge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. On 16 September the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of DSM in patent appeals No 2015-1152 and 2015-1162. The patents at issue in the appeals are U.S. Patent No. 7,171,103 and 6,961,508, in which the patentability was already confirmed by a previous Inter Parte Review proceeding at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in May of 2014.

“DSM remains confident in the strength of our patent portfolio and expected this positive outcome,” said Rob Crowell, President of DSM Functional Materials.“Our business is focused on bringing new and innovative products to our customers and the telecommunications industry. Developing and protecting intellectual property is a key component of our strategy that supports our significant research and development investments.This ruling further validates our ongoing commitment to innovation.”

DSM is a global leader providing cutting edge UV curable coatings for the optical fiber telecommunications industry for over 40 years. The latest innovation from DSM includes the Next Generation DeSolite® Supercoatings family. These materials were developed to further enhance properties in the coating system that enable customers to design their glass optical fiber systems and processes to provide low microbending resistance — ultimately translating to reliable signal quality and performance in data transmission. DSM remains committed to innovating new materials with our customers that further advance the telecommunications industry.