SolarEdge Extends Lawsuit against Huawei
31 July, 2018
SolarEdge seeks monetary damages, an injunction with regard to the German market, and recall of infringing Huawei optimizers and inverters from the German market
SolarEdge Technologies, from Herzliya, Israel has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against the Chinese Huawei Technologies and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimizer technology. The original lawsuits filed in June covered SolarEdge’s DC optimized inverter technology.
The company seeks inter alia monetary damages, an injunction with regard to the German market, and recall of infringing Huawei optimizers and inverters from the German market. It asks the court to prevent Huawei from selling in Germany any optimizers and inverters that infringe upon the SolarEdge’s IP. “SolarEdge has strived to advance the PV industry by overcoming limitations of standard PV systems through the introduction of its innovative DC optimization technology, in our view making solar energy more attractive and accessible,” stated Guy Sella, CEO, Chairman, and Founder of SolarEdge.
“These advancements, resulting from dedication, engineering expertise, and significant investment in R&D, can only achieve their full potential when safeguarded by an industry that respects healthy and fair competition. What we view as illegal use of proprietary technology can stifle the solar industry during this critical period of global energy transformation. Our actions are meant to ensure the integrity of the entire PV industry, secure a level playing field, and protect SolarEdge’s intellectual property.”
SolarEdge is considered a global leader in smart energy technology with total 2017 annual revenues of $607.0 million, up 24% from the prior year. It holds 126 awarded patents, 169 additional patent applications worldwide, and other extensive intellectual property covering smart energy technology. SolarEdge has shipped 7.5GW of systems worldwide, among which includes 25.2 million power optimizers and 1.1 million inverters.
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