March 26 (Renewables Now) - The Sydney-based unit of Hanwha Q Cells has expanded its legal case over patent infringement in Australia to include Norway’s REC Group and its local distributors Sol Distribution Pty Ltd and BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd.
As previously announced, Hanwha Q Cells earlier this month filed patent infringement complaints in the US, against Chinese rivals JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) and Longi Solar as well as Norway’s REC Group, and in Germany against JinkoSolar and REC Group. Later Hanwha Q Cells also commenced such proceedings in Australia against Jinko Solar Australia Holdings Co Pty Ltd and Longi Green Technology Co Ltd.
Now, Hanwha Q Cells Australia Pty Ltd and Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials Corp are suing in Australia REC Group too, with this latest complaint also naming solar wholesaler Sol Distribution and a unit of BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH for distributing patent infringing products. With this complaint, Hanwha Q Cells seeks an order to stop the three companies from importing, marketing and selling such products.
Commenting on the news, Durmus Yildiz, managing director of BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty Ltd, said that the claim filed against the company “is without technical and legal merit”.
"BayWa r.e. will continue to investigate the allegations and co-operate with its supply chain partners to take all steps necessary to defend itself against the claim,” he said, adding that day-to-day business for the firm will not be affected.