Hanwha Q Cells files patent infringement complaint against Jinko Solar, Longi Solar and REC Group

Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials Corp. and Hanwha Q Cells USA Inc. have filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Jinko Solar, Longi Solar, and REC Group. Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials also filed related patent infringement complaints with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against the same companies. In Germany, Hanwha Q Cells GmbH announced the filing of patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Dusseldorf against Jinko Solar and REC Group.
The ITC complaint alleges that Jinko Solar, Longi Solar, and REC Group are unlawfully importing and selling solar cells and modules that infringe Hanwha Q Cells's patented passivation technology. Furthermore, the complaint alleges that the companies have unlawfully incorporated this technology into their solar cells.
Hanwha Q Cells began manufacturing Q.ANTUM solar cells using this passivation technology in 2012 and has produced more than 2.5 billion such cells globally. Hanwha Q Cells »seeks an immediate investigation by the ITC, an exclusion order to halt the importation of infringing products, and a permanent cease and desist order to stop the respondents from importing, marketing, and selling those products in the U.S.« Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials Corp. is also filing a claim in the District Court to seek damages and injunctive relief.
According to Hee Cheul Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials, »the passivation technology at issue in these legal actions is critical to Hanwha Q Cells's plans for the future. Our high-efficiency modules rely on this patented technology and set us apart from competitors. We have built a new 1.7-gigawatt facility in Dalton, Georgia, dedicated to assembling Hanwha Q Cells's modules for sale in the United States, and we look forward to a long relationship with the Dalton community.«

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