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October 17, 2017: CommScope Inc. issued new U.S. patent [9,791,625]

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CommScope Inc. has been issued a new U.S. patent titled "Connector system with physical security feature" by the US Patent and Trademark Office.

ABSTRACT

A multifiber connector comprising a rectangular-shaped ferrule having a plurality of fibers, alignment structure positioned on a front face of the ferrule, the alignment structure being at least one of alignment pins and pin-receiving holes, a housing defining a ferrule opening, the ferrule opening sized and shaped to accommodate disposition of the ferrule therein, wherein when disposed within the ferrule opening the ferrule extends forward from a front face of the housing; the housing having an outer periphery, wherein the outer periphery is defined by at least a top wall, a bottom wall, and first and second side walls, each of the side walls defining a recess having a curved surface, each recess positioned at an intermediate point along the height of the first and second side walls, and a key on the outer periphery of the housing on at least one of the top wall and the bottom wall, the key being offset to one side of a centerline bisecting the connector into first and second side portions, wherein the key prevents the multifiber connector from mating with a standard adapter which would otherwise mate with the multifiber connector but for the location of the key.

Appl. No.14/520,915

INDEX

SECTION 1 COMMSCOPE INC. PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

SECTION 3 COMMSCOPE INC. PATENTS

SECTION 4 COMMSCOPE INC. TOP MANAGEMENT

SECTION 1 COMMSCOPE INC. PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

CommScope Inc. provides connectivity and infrastructure solutions for wireless, business enterprise, and residential broadband networks in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, Central and Latin America, and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Wireless, Enterprise, and Broadband. The Wireless segment provides macro cell site solutions, including base station antennas, microwave antennas, hybrid fiber-feeder and power cables, coaxial cables, connectors, amplifiers, filters, and backup power solutions; and small cell DAS solutions comprising distributed antenna systems that allow wireless operators to enhance spectral efficiency and cellular coverage and capacity in challenging network conditions, such as commercial buildings, urban areas, stadiums, and transportation systems. It offers its solutions under the Andrew brand. The Enterprise segment provides voice, video, data, and converged solutions consisting of optical fiber and twisted pair structured cable solutions, intelligent infrastructure software, network rack and cabinet enclosures, intelligent building sensors, and LED lighting control systems, as well as network design services under the SYSTIMAX and Uniprise brands. Its solutions support high-bandwidth applications, including storage area networks, streaming media, data backhaul, cloud applications, and grid computing. This segment also offers iTRACS, a data center infrastructure management software. The Broadband segment provides cable and communications products that support the multichannel video, voice, and high-speed data services. The company serves wireless operators, as well as enterprise customers. CommScope Inc. was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in Hickory, North Carolina. CommScope Inc. operates as a subsidiary of CommScope Holding Company, Inc.

1.2 SUMMARY

Employees: About 23,000

Fiscal Year End: 31 Dec 2015

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Website: http://www.commscope.com

Industry: Computers and Electronic Equip

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

September 12: CommScope Inc.: CommScope Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Comlab AG

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Comlab, AG, a provider of radio frequency equipment based in Switzerland.

The complaint asserts infringement of two patents related to CommScope innovations for in-train communications systems. CommScope had previously filed for an inspection order in Germany which was served on Comlab. In that proceeding, the independent expert appointed by German courts found in favor of CommScope.

"CommScope invests heavily in distributed coverage and capacity solutions that address pressing issues in providing seamless public safety and cellular communications to support today's connected lifestyle," said Matt Melester, senior vice president, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions. "As such, we vigorously protect these valuable assets. This action against Comlab is a necessary step to prevent unauthorized infringement."

In 2016, CommScope also filed suit against Dali Wireless for patent infringement related to CommScope's digital RF transport intellectual property. CommScope also recently signed an agreement with Kathrein, AG to license CommScope's complete distributed antenna system patent portfolio.

Source: Company Website

August 25: Events Calendar: CommScope Announces Participation in Investor Conferences

CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, plans to participate in the following upcoming conferences:

Jefferies Semiconductor, Hardware and Communications Infrastructure Summit Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Citi Global Technology Conference Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. ET

Deutsche Bank Technology Conference Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Time: 4:20 p.m. ET

There will be live webcasts for the Citi Global and Deutsche Bank Technology Conferences. The links for both can be found at CommScope's Investor Relations page. The links will be live just prior to the start of the events and should be available for on-demand use within 24 hours after the events are complete. The webcasts will be available for a limited period of time following the conferences.

Source: Company Website

August 03: CommScope Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, reported sales of $1.17 billion and net income of $55 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2017 was $119 million, or $0.60 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results is attached.

In comparison, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, CommScope reported sales of $1.31 billion and net income of $62 million, $0.32 per share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the second quarter of 2016 was $145 million, or $0.74 per diluted share.

"Our results for the second quarter reflect the continued impact of the challenging industry environment," said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. "We expect certain North American service providers to spend cautiously over the next few quarters due primarily to industry consolidation, competitive dynamics and timing of certain large projects. In the interim, we will continue to stringently manage our costs and work to position CommScope for long-term success.

"We believe that our recent acquisition of Cable Exchange and our new high-speed migration platform will enhance our position in the data center market over the longer term. We expect to return to overall growth in 2018."

Second Quarter 2017 Overview

Second quarter 2017 sales declined year over year in all major geographic regions. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively affected revenue by less than 1 percent year over year.

Operating income in the second quarter of 2017 declined 25 percent year over year to $138 million. Non-GAAP adjusted operating income, which excludes amortization of purchased intangibles, integration and transaction costs, restructuring costs and other special items, declined 17 percent year over year to $242 million.

August 01: CommScope Completes Acquisition of Cable Exchange

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has completed its acquisition of Cable Exchange, a privately-held, quick-turn supplier of fiber optic and copper assemblies for data, voice and video communications.

Cable Exchange, based in Santa Ana, Calif., manufactures a variety of fiber optic and copper cables, trunks and related products used in high-capacity data centers and other business enterprise applications. The company, founded in 1986, specializes in quick-turn delivery of its infrastructure products to customers from its two U.S. manufacturing centers located in Santa Ana, Calif. and Pineville, NC.

Source: Company Website

July 12: CommScope to Acquire Cable Exchange

CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has agreed to acquire Cable Exchange, a privately held quick-turn supplier of fiber optic and copper assemblies for data, voice and video communications.

Cable Exchange, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., manufactures a variety of fiber optic and copper cables, trunks and related products used in high-capacity data centers and other business enterprise applications. The company, founded in 1986, specializes in quick-turn delivery of its infrastructure products to customers from its two U.S. manufacturing centers located in Santa Ana, Calif. and Pineville, N.C.

This highly complementary acquisition will deepen CommScope's capabilities in supporting the growing market for high-capacity, multi-tenant data centers and hyperscale data centers operated by the world's largest technology and retail companies. As more user-driven information and commerce flows through networks, operators are quickly deploying larger and more complex data centers to support growth in traffic and transactions.

"We are pleased to further expand our capabilities in the data center market with Cable Exchange, a trusted and respected provider of critical network infrastructure with strong customer relationships," said CommScope President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. "Further, we believe the people, products and performance of Cable Exchange are a great match for CommScope.

"While the overall business environment remains challenging, we believe Cable Exchange's leadership in the attractive quick-turn industry will complement our efforts in addressing this important market opportunity," Edwards added.

The leadership team and employees of Cable Exchange will join CommScope upon completion of the transaction.

SECTION 3 COMMSCOPE INC. PATENTS

PREVIOUS 10 PATENT STORIES:

Issue DateIssuing OfficePatent TitlePatent Number
Oct 17, 2017US PTOConductor spool and optical fiber / electrical composite cable with conductor spool assembly9,790,051
Oct 10, 2017US PTOSystems and methods for integrating asynchronous signals in distributed antenna system with direct digital interface to base station9,787,457
Oct 10, 2017US PTOPower adapter for RF coaxial cable and method for installation9,787,037
Oct 10, 2017US PTOElectrical connector with separable contacts9,787,015
Oct 10, 2017US PTOFiber optic connector holder and method9,784,928
Oct 10, 2017US PTOFiber optic adapter block9,784,923
Oct 5, 2017EPOHYBRID ELECTRICAL AND FIBER OPTIC OUTLETWO2017172600 (A1)
Oct 4, 2017EPOMETHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FRAME DETECTION IN A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMEP3226448 (A1)
Oct 3, 2017US PTOMulti-beam antenna with modular luneburg lens and method of lens manufacture9,780,457
Oct 3, 2017US PTOMulti-element antenna calibration technique9,780,447

SECTION 4 COMMSCOPE INC. TOP MANAGEMENT

Marvin (Eddie) S. Edwards, Jr., CEO & President

Mr. Edwards became our president and chief executive officer and a member of our board of directors following the 2011 acquisition by The Carlyle Group. From January 1, 2010 to the acquisition, Mr. Edwards was our president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards served as our executive vice president of Business Development and general manager of Wireless Network solutions since the closing of the Andrew Corporation acquisition. Prior to the Andrew acquisition, he served as our executive vice president of Business Development and the chairman of the board of directors of our wholly-owned subsidiary, Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing LLC, since April 2005. Mr. Edwards also served as president and chief executive officer of OFS Fitel, LLC and OFS BrightWave, LLC, a joint venture between our company and The Furukawa Electric Co. Mr. Edwards has also served in various capacities with Alcatel, including president of Alcatel North America Cable Systems and president of Radio Frequency Systems.

Frank M. Drendel, Chairman

Mark A. Olson, CFO & Executive Vice President

Mr. Olson became our executive vice president and chief financial officer on February 1, 2012. From November 2009 to January 2012, Mr. Olson served as our senior vice president and corporate controller. Prior to that, Mr. Olson served as vice president and controller for Andrew LLC since the closing of the Andrew Corporation acquisition in 2007. Prior to the acquisition, he was vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer of Andrew. Mr. Olson joined Andrew in 1993 as group controller and was named corporate controller in 1998, vice president and corporate controller in 2000 and chief accounting officer in 2003. Prior to joining Andrew, he was employed by Nortel and Johnson & Johnson.

Marvin S. Edwards, Director

Timothy T. Yates, Director

Thomas J. Manning, Director

Stephen Gray, Director

L. William Krause, Director

Joanne M. Maguire, Director

Claudius E. Watts, Director

Campbell R. Dyer, Director

Austin A. Adams, Director

Randall W. Crenshaw, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President

Mr. Crenshaw became our executive vice president and chief operating officer following the consummation of the 2011 acquisition by The Carlyle Group. From January 1, 2010 until the acquisition, Mr. Crenshaw was our executive vice president and chief supply officer. Prior to this role, Mr. Crenshaw was named executive vice president and general manager of our Enterprise division in February 2004. From 2000 to 2004, he served as executive vice president of Procurement and general manager of Network Products Group of our company. Prior to that time, he held various positions with our company since 1985.

Frank (Burk) B. Wyatt, Company Secretary & Senior Vice President

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Wyatt has been senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of our company since 2000. Prior to joining our company as general counsel and secretary in 1996, Mr. Wyatt was an attorney in private practice with Bell, Seltzer, Park & Gibson, P.A. (now Alston & Bird LLP). Mr. Wyatt is also our chief ethics and compliance officer.

Michael Cross, Senior Vice President

Mr. Cross has been our senior vice president and chief information officer since May 2012 when he joined the company. Mr. Cross came to our company with more than 23 years experience in information technology, product development and services, having been promoted to increasingly responsible roles within two major corporations. He spent nine years with NCR in Columbia, South Carolina and 14 years at Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas.

Robert Granow, Senior Vice President

Robert C. Suffern, Senior Vice President

Mr. Suffern has been our senior vice president and chief technology officer since January 2010. Mr. Suffern previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Radio Frequency Power Amplifiers since the Andrew Corporation acquisition in December 2007. Mr. Suffern joined Andrew in September 2005 as vice president and general manager of Radio Frequency Power Amplifiers. Prior to joining Andrew, he was senior vice president of Engineering and Operations at Flarion Technologies, Inc. Mr. Suffern previously held research and development as well as business development management positions at 3Com Corporation and was engineering director at U.S. Robotics.

Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President

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