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AFL Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Fiberoptic Hardware, LLC

10/10/2011

Spartanburg, SC – The United States District Court for the District of Arizona issued a Preliminary Injunction on October 5, 2011, in AFL’s case against Fiberoptic Hardware, LLC. The case, filed on May 31, 2011, provided evidence that Fiberoptic Hardware committed various acts of unfair competition including false advertising in Fiberoptic Hardware’s unauthorized sale of “gray market” Fujikura fusion splicers.

“AFL markets and services the Fujikura fusion splicer product line in North America. These products are without question the most respected and reliable in the world. Too many unsuspecting customers are being duped into thinking they’re buying genuine Fujikura products from companies like Fiberoptic Hardware, and in many cases the facts are that they are not,” commented Stephen Althoff, EVP of Equipment Sales for AFL.

This complaint is one of the most recent actions in AFL’s aggressive position to defend the solid reputation of its fusion splicer product line in the industry against companies who continue to violate Fujikura’s trademarks and copyrights. In addition to this case against Fiberoptic Hardware, AFL is currently pursuing a similar outcome in its case against SurplusEQ.com Inc.

The Injunction prohibits "Defendant Fiberoptic Hardware, LLC and its officers, agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and other persons who are in active concert or participation with them" from "[i]mporting, exporting, manufacturing, producing, distributing, circulating, selling, offering for sale, advertising, promoting or displaying any fusion splicer bearing any of the FUJIKURA marks . . . unless it can demonstrate that such fusion splicer has been manufactured and licensed for sale and use in the United States," and from "importing, exporting, distributing, circulating, selling, offering for sale, advertising, promoting or displaying any fusion splicer bearing any of the FUJIKURA Marks, where such fusion splicer has been materially altered or modified . . . ."

About AFL
AFL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura, provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting both the central office and outside plant areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About Fujikura
Fujikura is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and manufactures products for the telecommunications, electronics, automotive and energy sectors. Fujikura’s fusion splicers are well-known for performance, productivity and reliability. AFL offers the most extensive line of Fujikura fusion splicers and related equipment for field splicing and factory/laboratory use. All fusion splicers sold by AFL are backed with a factory warranty and a 24/7 technical support team.

Editorial Contacts:

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager
AFL
864.433.5409
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com

 

 

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