JinkoSolar refutes patent infringement claims by Hanwha Q CELLS

JinkoSolar has released a statement on the news that Hanwha Q CELLS is suing Jinko, along with LONGi Solar and REC Group, for patent infringement of Hanwha Q CELLS’s passivation technology.

“Based on JinkoSolar’s preliminary analysis of Hanwha’s complaints and the asserted patents, the company believes that the complaints are without technical or legal merit. JinkoSolar, therefore, categorically refutes Hanwha’s allegations,” JinkoSolar said in a press release. The company also said it is considering all legal avenues, including petitioning for the invalidity of Hanwha Q CELLS’s “alleged patents.”

“JinkoSolar fully respects intellectual property rights and encourages healthy competition, but it will take legal action to defend itself, its clients and its partners,” the company said.

JinkoSolar just last week officially opened its new 400-MW solar module assembly plant in Jacksonville, Florida. Hanwha Q CELLS announced the next day that its 1,700-MW solar panel plant was open in Dalton, Georgia, and had been making product for at least a month.

Hanwha Q CELLS, a Korean company, and JinkoSolar, headquartered in China, have become increased competitors in the U.S. and German solar markets. Hanwha Q CELLS filed the patent infringement lawsuits only in U.S. and German courts.

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