SolarEdge Technologies has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies and Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf, as well as WATTKRAFT Solar, a German distributor for Huawei.
The lawsuit, filed in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany, asserts unauthorized use of patented technology, which is prohibited by law, and is intended to protect SolarEdge’s investment in its DC-optimized inverter technology. Seeking monetary damages, an injunction and recall of infringing Huawei inverters from the German market, the lawsuit is intended to prevent the defendants from selling any multi-level inverters infringing upon SolarEdge’s PV inverter technology protected in the asserted patent in Germany.
“The success of the entire PV industry has been and continues to be driven by innovative technology that makes PV energy more affordable and ubiquitous. Such innovation requires significant financial investment and years of dedication and hard work from skilled R&D engineers. The PV industry cannot sustain such efforts under the constant threat of, in our view, illegal use of proprietary technology and we will not remain silent as our intellectual property is exploited,” said Guy Sella, CEO, chairman and founder of SolarEdge. “SolarEdge’s patents and other intellectual property are the result of our relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment towards worldwide PV proliferation. In order to protect our intellectual property, we are taking legal action against Huawei and its distributor.”
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