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Hanwha Q CELLS’s high-performance solar cells and modules use our patented passivation technology and have established us as an industry leader.  We’re proud of our legacy of innovation and believe strongly in protecting our intellectual property.  We have filed legal actions in the United States, Germany and Australia to safeguard our invention and to ensure that continued innovations can come to the marketplace and be protected.

 

We have earned our reputation as a leading supplier of high-quality products and a trusted business partner to our customers, and we look forward to continuing to innovate and invest in this important technology.

 

For news and information on our litigation in the United States, click here.

 

For news and information on our litigation in Germany, click here.

 

For news and information on our litigation in Australia, click here.

 

Hanwha Q CELLS is a global leading photovoltaic manufacturer of high-performance solar cells and modules. Hanwha Q CELLS’s patented passivation technology improves the efficiency of light conversion into electricity, allows more energy to be extracted from the solar cell, and enables it to remain durable through the manufacturing process. Our technology also lowers the cost of solar energy, making solar energy more accessible and affordable.

FAQ

What is happening?

On March 4, 2019, Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corp. and Hanwha Q CELLS USA Inc., global leading photovoltaic manufacturers of high-performance solar cells and modules, filed a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) against JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group. Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corp. also filed related patent infringement complaints with the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware against the same companies. In Germany, Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH announced the filing of patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf against JinkoSolar GmbH and REC Solar EMEA GmbH.

On March 12, 2019, Hanwha Q CELLS & Advanced Materials Corp, together with Hanwha Q CELLS Australia Pty. Ltd., filed patent infringement complaints with the Federal Court of Australia against JinkoSolar and LONGi Solar, and on March 21, 2019, against REC Solar Pte., Ltd. (“REC”), a part of the European headquartered REC Group.

What are the complaints about?

The complaints filed with the ITC and the District Court allege that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group are unlawfully importing and selling solar products that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s patented passivation technology. The complaints filed with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf allege that JinkoSolar GmbH and REC Solar EMEA GmbH are similarly infringing our patent in Germany by offering, distributing, and importing solar products that use our patented technology. Likewise, the complaints filed with the Federal Court of Australia allege that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC are importing and selling solar cells and modules that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s Australian patent rights.

What are the patents in question?

Hanwha Q CELLS’s U.S. actions allege that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group are unlawfully importing and selling solar products that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,893,215 (“the ’215 patent”). Hanwha Q CELLS’s German actions allege that JinkoSolar GmbH and REC Solar EMEA GmbH infringe the German part of European Patent EP 2 220 689 (“the EP 689 patent”) by offering, distributing, and importing solar products that make use of the EP 689 patent. Hanwha Q CELLS’s Australian actions allege that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar and REC are importing and selling solar cells and modules that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s patent, Australian patent no. 2008323025.

What outcome is Hanwha Q CELLS seeking in each jurisdiction?

  • U.S. International Trade Commission – Hanwha Q CELLS seeks an immediate investigation by the ITC, an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products, and a permanent cease and desist order to stop the respondents from importing, marketing, and selling those products in the U.S.

 

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware – Hanwha Q CELLS is filing a claim in the District Court to seek damages and injunctive relief.

 

  • Regional Court of Düsseldorf – Hanwha Q CELLS is seeking a permanent injunction against offering, distributing, and importing of infringing products; an order for recall and destruction of infringing products; and damages for past infringement.

 

  • Federal Court of Australia – Hanwha Q CELLS seeks an order to stop JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar and REC from importing, marketing, and selling the infringing products in Australia.

Why is Hanwha Q CELLS filing complaints against these companies?

Hanwha Q CELLS has analyzed the respondents’ products. That careful analysis has provided the basis for our claims that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar, and REC Group are using technology covered under our ’215 patent in their products without a license agreement and are therefore infringing Hanwha Q CELLS’s intellectual property rights. Additionally, our German actions allege that JinkoSolar and REC Group are infringing the German part of European Patent EP 2 220 689 (“the EP 689 patent”) by offering, distributing, and importing solar products that make use of the EP 689 patent. In Australia, our actions allege that JinkoSolar, LONGi Solar and REC are infringing Australian patent no. 2008323025, which corresponds to the ’215 patent.

We do not tolerate infringement of our intellectual property rights, and we will vigorously defend our technology.

What does Hanwha Q CELLS’s patented passivation technology do?

The patented passivation technology improves the efficiency of light conversion into electricity and allows more energy to be extracted from the solar cell, while remaining durable through the manufacturing process. Our technology also lowers the cost of solar energy, making solar energy more accessible and affordable.

Why is Hanwha Q CELLS also taking legal action against distributors in Australia?

Hanwha Q CELLS has filed a patent infringement complaint with the Federal Court of Australia against Sol Distribution Pty. Ltd. and BayWa r.e. Solar Systems Pty. Ltd. for distributing REC products in Australia that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s patented technology. Hanwha Q CELLS seeks an order to stop the two companies from importing, marketing, and selling products that infringe Hanwha Q CELLS’s asserted Australian patent.

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