Qcells files additional patent infringement complaints in Germany and France

[Berlin, Germany, March 29, 2021] Qcells has today announced that the company filed a patent infringement complaint in Germany with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf against Astronergy Solarmodule GmbH, on March 12, 2021.

Qcells has also filed separate patent infringement complaints in France with the High Court of Paris on March 19, 2021.

The filing in Germany against Astronergy followed the Regional Court of Düsseldorf’s ruling on June 16, 2020, that JinkoSolar GmbH, REC Solar EMEA GmbH, and LONGi Solar Technologie GmbH unlawfully incorporated Qcells’ patented technology (EP 2 220 689) into specific solar products of the respective brands. The defendants have appealed against the judgment of the Düsseldorf Regional Court to the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, and the hearing in the appeal proceedings is expected to take place in April 2021. The European Patent Office will decide on opposition proceedings launched against EP 2 220 689 in the course of March 2021.

The additional legal actions represent Qcells’ strong willingness to protect the company’s technological innovations. Qcells will not tolerate any infringement of its intellectual property rights, and will take all possible pathways to stop any potential infringing activities.

Dr. Daniel Jeong, CTO of Qcells, said: “Technological innovation has always been the core tenet of Qcells’ proud history for more than 20 years. Qcells believes these lawsuits will protect our intellectual property rights and contribute to establishing a healthy innovation landscape in the solar industry.”

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