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European Patent Office upholds Emtelle blown fibre patent

European Patent Office upholds Emtelle blown fibre patent

Emtelle UK Limited was granted a European Patent EP1600801[1] by the EPO to ‘Cable assembly with optical fibres for blowing installation’ on 16 April 2016. Hexatronic strenuously opposed the EPO grant of the Emtelle patent. We are pleased to confirm that after a thorough review over a three day hearing Emtelle was successful and the EPO decided in its favour on 11 April 2018 that the Patent should be maintained.

Emtelle is a leading company at the forefront of innovation in blown fibre and ducted solutions. It has invested heavily in product development over many years to bring innovation and whole life cost savings to its customers in the Telecoms industry. Through this investment in its technology it has created intellectual property including a significant portfolio of patents.

The 2017 ruling in Sweden has now been remedied by this European Patent. Emtelle is committed to protecting its innovative technologies. With the European Patents EP1600801 and EP3073305[2], Emtelle’s family of patents serve to fully protect its blown fibre products across Europe.

These European Patents cover Emtelle’s FIBREFLOW® Blown Fibre units with 2-12 fibres, which are sold in Europe and further afield. These fibre units are also used in Emtelle’s new range of FIBREFLOW® solutions including QWKlink, QWKconnect, PIFU and Multifu.

Emtelle, with its Headquarters in Hawick, Scotland, and its 4 manufacturing plants in UK, Denmark and Germany is a global leader in the manufacturing and supply of blown fibre and ducted solutions since its inception in 1981. Over the 36 years it has been operating, Emtelle has assisted many of the key players with FTTH roll-outs in around 100 countries around the world. Its emphasis is on listening to customer requirements and designing innovative and unique products and solutions to meet the needs of customers FTTH projects.  At the same time, it focuses on creating best value, reducing total project costs and minimizing installation time and disruption.  Emtelle’s recent investment of more than €30 million in its European factory plants underpins this commitment.

[1] EP1600801 is in force in the following countries – Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden.

[2] EP3073305 is in force in the following countries – Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden.

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