SolarEdge adds 2 patents to German suit against Huawei

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July 31 (Renewables Now) - Israel-based photovoltaic (PV) inverter supplier SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) said today it has extended its lawsuit in Germany against China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to two additional patents related to its power optimiser technology.

SolarEdge filed a lawsuit over patent infringement of its inverter technology against Huawei Technologies, a German entity of Huawei and Wattkraft Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei, in the Regional Court of Mannheim in June.

Similar to the first lawsuit, the additional action is seeking monetary damages, an injunction with regard to the German market and recall of infringing Huawei optimisers from the German market.

"What we view as illegal use of proprietary technology can stifle the solar industry during this critical period of global energy transformation," said SolarEdge chief executive, chairman and founder Guy Sella. "Our actions are meant to ensure the integrity of the entire PV industry, secure a level playing field, and protect SolarEdge's intellectual property," Sella added.

SolarEdge says it holds 126 awarded patents and 169 additional patent applications around the world. The company has so far shipped 7.5 GW, including 25.2 million power optimisers and 1.1 million inverters.

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