Patents by Inventor Carl E. Gunnersen

Carl E. Gunnersen has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4320938
    Abstract: A connector assembly (10) has been developed with an aligning coupler (300) and connectors (100, 200) which simplify the joining of a pair of mateable optical fiber termination structures (112, 212). The coupler (300) comprises a pair of rigid elongated members (310, 340) having inner surfaces (312, 342) and tapering outer end surfaces (328, 358). Resilient members (370) hold the elongated members together to define a fiber termination structure receiving orifice (380) which has a cross section normally narrower in one dimension than that of the termination structures. Due to the resilient members, the elongated members can separate to ease insertion of the termination structures and then come back together to urge precise-aligning outer surface means (122, 222) on each termination structure into registration against a precisealigning coupler reference surface (332) in the orifice. Thus registration is maintained until the connector assembly can be fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Carl E. Gunnersen, Terry D. Mathis