Patents by Inventor Don Parris

Don Parris 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: 9223102
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-shrink buffer tube having a reduced diameter. The buffer tube provides adequate crush resistance and is suitable for deployments requiring mid-span access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Patrick King Strong, Denise Collado, Jeffrey Scott Barker
  • Patent number: 9195019
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-shrink buffer tube having a reduced diameter. The buffer tube provides adequate crush resistance and is suitable for deployments requiring mid-span access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Patrick King Strong, Denise Collado, Jeffrey Scott Barker
  • Patent number: 9188754
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an optical-fiber buffer tube uses a prewetting agent possessing excellent surface affinity, wetting, and interfacial adhesion with optical-fiber coatings. The prewetting agent does not pool within or leak from the resulting buffer tubes during storage or vertical installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Brian G. Risch, Denise Lorraine Collado, Don Parris
  • Patent number: 9182566
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical-fiber communication cables with an improved water-blocking element that reduces or eliminates microbending caused by the water-swellable particulate powders by employing such water-swellable powders in conjunction with a smooth but perforated compression-resistant carrier tape. The water-blocking element is deployed within optical-fiber buffer tubes to water-block the buffer tubes and to minimize microbending that can occur when water-swellable particulate powders press against optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Patent number: 9042693
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical-fiber communication cables with an improved water-blocking element that reduces or eliminates microbending caused by water-swellable particulate powders. In one embodiment, such water-swellable powders may be employed in conjunction with a smooth water-soluble carrier tape. In another embodiment, such water-swellable powders may embedded within a water-soluble binder. The water-blocking element is deployed within optical-fiber buffer tubes to water-block the buffer tubes and to minimize microbending that can occur when water-swellable particulate powders press against optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Publication number: 20150055920
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical-fiber communication cables with an improved water-blocking element that reduces or eliminates microbending caused by the water-swellable particulate powders by employing such water-swellable powders in conjunction with a smooth but perforated compression-resistant carrier tape. The water-blocking element is deployed within optical-fiber buffer tubes to water-block the buffer tubes and to minimize microbending that can occur when water-swellable particulate powders press against optical fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Patent number: 8891923
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical-fiber communication cables with an improved water-blocking element that reduces or eliminates microbending caused by the water-swellable particulate powders by employing such water-swellable powders in conjunction with a smooth but perforated compression-resistant carrier tape. The water-blocking element is deployed within optical-fiber buffer tubes to water-block the buffer tubes and to minimize microbending that can occur when water-swellable particulate powders press against optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Patent number: 8682123
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optical-fiber cables having a tape enclosing one or more optical fibers. A plurality of discrete deposits of adhesive material are typically used to couple the optical fibers to the enclosing tape. A buffer tube may enclose the optical fibers and the tape. The buffer tube typically has a buffer-tube adhesive filling coefficient of between about 0.001 and 0.05.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Patent number: 8625944
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-shrink buffer tube having a reduced diameter. The buffer tube provides adequate crush resistance and is suitable for deployments requiring mid-span access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Patrick King Strong, Denise Matthews, Jeffrey Scott Barker
  • Patent number: 8625945
    Abstract: Disclosed is a low-shrink buffer tube having a reduced diameter. The buffer tube provides adequate crush resistance and is suitable for deployments requiring mid-span access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Patrick King Strong, Denise Matthews, Jeffrey Scott Barker
  • Patent number: 8229263
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material that is capable of releasably and intermittently coupling the optical fibers to the buffer tube in various orientations. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer and yet permits localized movement the optical fibers relative to the buffer tube to account for disparate thermal expansion and to accommodate optical fiber placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comiteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Greg DeChristopher, Justin Elisha Quinn
  • Patent number: 8208773
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material and features a number of raised members projecting toward the optical fibers. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer. This arrangement distributes the compressive force applied to discrete points along the outer perimeter of the optical fiber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Publication number: 20120027367
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material and features a number of raised members projecting toward the optical fibers. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer. This arrangement distributes the compressive force applied to discrete points along the outer perimeter of the optical fiber element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Publication number: 20120027366
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material that is capable of releasably and intermittently coupling the optical fibers to the buffer tube in various orientations. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer and yet permits localized movement the optical fibers relative to the buffer tube to account for disparate thermal expansion and to accommodate optical fiber placement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Greg DeChristopher, Justin Elisha Quinn
  • Patent number: 8103141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel coupling composition that is used within optical fiber cables to protect optical fibers and to couple the optical fibers and the surrounding buffer tube casing. The present invention also relates to optical fiber cables that use the novel coupling composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Greg DeChristopher, Justin Elisha Quinn, Boyce Lookadoo
  • Publication number: 20120014652
    Abstract: The present invention relates to optical-fiber cables having a tape enclosing one or more optical fibers. A plurality of discrete deposits of adhesive material are typically used to couple the optical fibers to the enclosing tape. A buffer tube may enclose the optical fibers and the tape. The buffer tube typically has a buffer-tube adhesive filling coefficient of between about 0.001 and 0.05.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Patent number: 8036509
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material that is capable of releasably and intermittently coupling the optical fibers to the buffer tube in various orientations. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer and yet permits localized movement the optical fibers relative to the buffer tube to account for disparate thermal expansion and to accommodate optical fiber placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Greg DeChristopher, Justin Elisha Quinn
  • Patent number: 8036510
    Abstract: Disclosed is an optical fiber cable that includes optical fibers and a deformable coupling element enclosed within a buffer tube. The coupling element is formed from a deformable yet substantially incompressible material and features a number of raised members projecting toward the optical fibers. The design of the coupling element layer permits coupling of the optical fibers to the buffer tube without the use of a compressive cushioning layer. This arrangement distributes the compressive force applied to discrete points along the outer perimeter of the optical fiber element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Draka Comteq, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Publication number: 20110176782
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical-fiber communication cables with an improved water-blocking element that reduces or eliminates microbending caused by water-swellable particulate powders. In one embodiment, such water-swellable powders may be employed in conjunction with a smooth water-soluble carrier tape. In another embodiment, such water-swellable powders may embedded within a water-soluble binder. The water-blocking element is deployed within optical-fiber buffer tubes to water-block the buffer tubes and to minimize microbending that can occur when water-swellable particulate powders press against optical fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ, B.V.
    Inventor: Don Parris
  • Publication number: 20100232753
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel coupling composition that is used within optical fiber cables to protect optical fibers and to couple the optical fibers and the surrounding buffer tube casing. The present invention also relates to optical fiber cables that use the novel coupling composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: DRAKA COMTEQ B.V.
    Inventors: Don Parris, Greg DeChristopher, Justin Elisha Quinn, Boyce Lookadoo