SolarEdge sues Huawei in Germany over patent infringement

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June 18 (Renewables Now) - Photovoltaic (PV) inverters supplier SolarEdge Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:SEDG) is suing Chinese company Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and its German distributor over patent infringement, the Israel-based company announced today.

SolarEdge has filed a lawsuit in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany against Huawei Technologies, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH and Wattkraft Solar GmbH. It asserts unauthorised use of patented technology, specifically of direct current (DC)-optimised inverters. The company is seeking monetary damages, an injunction and recall of infringing Huawei inverters from the local market.

Guy Sella, CEO, chairman and Founder of SolarEdge, pointed out that innovation in the PV industry requires significant financial investment and years of work. “The PV industry cannot sustain such efforts under the constant threat of, in our view, illegal use of proprietary technology and we will not remain silent as our intellectual property is exploited," he stated.

SolarEdge has 126 awarded patents and 169 additional patent applications around the world, it says.

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