Canadian Solar to stop importing shingled modules into US for 7 yrs

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June 7 (Renewables Now) - US solar panel manufacturer Solaria Corporation said on Monday it has settled its patent infringement claims against Chinese competitor Canadian Solar Inc (NASDAQ:CSIQ).

The two companies have entered into a settlement agreement under which Canadian Solar will cease its importation of shingled solar modules into the US for seven years.

California-based Solaria sued its rival for allegedly infringing two of its US patents, one covering shingled solar modules and another relating to a process for separating photovoltaic (PV) strips from solar cells for use in shingled solar modules. The legal disputes took place in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California and in the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

The settlement follows chief administrative law judge Judge Cheney’s initial determination in October 2021 that Canadian Solar had indeed infringed Solaria’s patents.

“Solaria remains open to cooperating with companies that recognize the value of Solaria’s IP; we’ve licensed Solaria’s technology to other firms in the industry. However, Solaria will actively defend our IP against any infringers, and protect our technology for ourselves and our valued partners,” said Solaria CEO Tony Alvarez.

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