Patents by Inventor Patrick S. VanVickle

Patrick S. VanVickle 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: 6633709
    Abstract: A water-tight fiber optic ribbon communications cable constructed without the use of gel or grease in the buffer tube(s) thereof. A plurality of water-blocking yarns are provided around at least a portion of the stack of fiber optic ribbons loosely positioned within the buffer tube(s) that possess water swellable characteristics. The swell capacity of the plurality of water blocking yarns exceeds the critical mass of water that could enter the buffer tube(s) by a factor of 2.0 or more. Optionally, superabsorbent powder can be applied between and/or on the fiber optic ribbon stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Lightware Corp.
    Inventors: Patrick S. VanVickle, Scott M. Chastain, Stephen R. Stokes, Scott Alan McCreary
  • Publication number: 20030026559
    Abstract: A water-tight fiber optic ribbon communications cable constructed without the use of gel or grease in the buffer tube(s) thereof. A plurality of water-blocking yarns are provided around at least a portion of the stack of fiber optic ribbons loosely positioned within the buffer tube(s) that possess water swellable characteristics. The swell capacity of the plurality of water blocking yarns exceeds the critical mass of water that could enter the buffer tube(s) by a factor of 2.0 or more. Optionally, superabsorbent powder can be applied between and/or on the fiber optic ribbon stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Patrick S. VanVickle, Scott M. Chastain, Stephen R. Stokes, Scott Alan McCreary