SolarEdge sues Huawei

A SolarEdge StorEdge inverter with backup power

SolarEdge Technologies has announced it has filed three lawsuits for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity. SolarEdge is evaluating filing additional actions to protect its patents.

The lawsuits, filed in the Regional Courts of Jinan and Shenzhen in China, cite unauthorised use of patented technology, which is prohibited by law, and are intended to protect SolarEdge’s significant investment in its innovative DC optimised inverter technology. Seeking damages and an injunction, the lawsuits are intended to prevent the defendants from selling any products infringing upon SolarEdge’s patented PV inverter and power optimiser technology.

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The recently filed lawsuits follow the filing of three other lawsuits in Germany by SolarEdge in June and July 2018 against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor relating to three patents.

SolarEdge acting CEO and VP global sales Zvi Lando said SolarEdge spends considerable time and resources on developing innovative technology and this investment needs to be protected.

“Our industry is driven by innovation which over the past decade has made PV energy more affordable and more efficient,” Lando said.  

“The significant financial investment and years of dedication and hard work from our R&D engineers needs to be protected from exploitation.

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“SolarEdge’s patents are the result of our relentless pursuit of innovation and commitment towards PV proliferation. We will continue to take legal action against Huawei and others to protect our assets.”

Huawei was contacted for comment.