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PoE Provider Licenses Its Midspan Patent

PowerDsine, a provider of Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions, has granted Tyco Electronics of Middletown, Pennsylvania a license to use its U.S. Patent Number 6,473,608 in connection with the manufacture and sale of midspan PoE products.

“We are very pleased that Tyco Electronics has agreed to take a license,” said Simon Kahn, PowerDsine’s Director of Intellectual Property. “This agreement is a continuation of PowerDsine’s intellectual property strategy of providing licenses to companies that want to take an active role in the Power over Ethernet market.”

PowerDsine’s U.S. Patent 6,473,608 addresses an Ethernet LAN, in which “power enabled” elements are detected so that current-limited power can be distributed safely via spare pairs of the data Ethernet cabling infrastructure to those elements without effecting legacy devices. The patent covers PoE Midspan products that connect to an Ethernet switch in order to PoE-enable an enterprise network.

PowerDsine has been granted similar patents in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa which protect the same claims covered by the foregoing United States patent. In addition, PowerDsine has patent applications covering this technology pending in five countries and Europe.
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