Maxeon Solar Technologies Files Patent Action Against Canadian Solar in Japan

Sep 29, 2020 02:11 PM ET
  • Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd., a global leader in solar innovation, today announced that it submitted a patent infringement suit versus Canadian Solar Japan K.K., in Tokyo District Court, Japan.

The legal action declaring affirms Canadian Solar Japan infringes Maxeon's Japan Patent No. JP6642841B2 (" Shingled Solar Cell Module") for the proprietary as well as fundamental shingled solar cell panel innovation made use of to release photovoltaic panels that Maxeon styles, makes and offers under the 'SunPower Performance' trademark name. Canadian Solar Japan is an entirely owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., which is headquartered in Canada with procedures and manufacturing centers in China and in South-East Asia.

Shingled solar cell panels are usually made from separating solar cells right into smaller sized solar cell strips and then attaching the resulting solar cell strips in an over-lapping layout. The outcome is a higher power, greater efficiency panel, with improved reliability as well as enhanced toughness contrasted to conventional panels.

The Performance panel style and production processes were pioneered by Silicon Valley-based startup business Cogenra Solar which was acquired by SunPower Corporation in 2015. In the subsequent spinoff of Maxeon Solar Technologies, Maxeon maintained the use of the SunPower brand in the more than 100 markets it offers. Maxeon produces its SunPower Performance photovoltaic panels in China at Huansheng Photovoltaic (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd., its joint venture with Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. With greater than 3 gigawatts released across over 60 countries to date, Performance panels are the industry's most released shingled solar cell panel innovation.

" We've constructed our company on a 35-year structure of pioneering solar technology. The copyright behind our shingled solar cell modern technology was created by our skilled design and design teams and also is the result of significant financial investment," said Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon Solar Technologies. "The resultant Performance technology exceeds standard panels in effectiveness, power, dependability and aesthetic appeals."

The technology behind Performance panels is secured by a global profile of greater than 150 licenses and patent applications covering shingled solar cell and also panel design, along with vital production devices and processes.

" We really feel extremely highly about the value of promoting our intellectual property rights, as well as view our intellectual property as a vital company possession," added Lindsey Wiedmann, Maxeon's Chief Legal Officer. "Maxeon's license profile, which currently includes greater than 900 licenses, assists shield the many technical improvements we've made with the years that have actually led us to a popular setting in the solar sector," proceeded Wiedmann. "We must vigorously safeguard these valuable possessions, and this action against Canadian Solar is a required step to avoid unapproved use our copyright. Regard of copyright legal rights is essential to incentivize advancement and also for the organized recurring development of the solar market."

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