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FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar 31, 2020–
Solaria Corporation, a US-based global provider of advanced solar energy products, announced today that it filed suit against Canadian Solar Inc., a Chinese solar panel manufacturer, in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit alleges that Canadian Solar, with operations primarily in China and elsewhere in Asia, infringes Solariaâ€™s U.S. patent that covers a process for separating photovoltaic (PV) strips from solar cells for use in tiled or so-called â€śshingledâ€ť solar modules. Shingled modules have higher power and are more efficient than conventional solar modules.
Solaria asserts in the lawsuit that it first introduced Canadian Solar to its high-efficiency, high-density module (HDM) technology in 2014 when representatives of Canadian Solar evaluated Solariaâ€™s next-generation shingling technology for a potential licensing deal. After further collaborations between the companies over the ensuing year, in which Solaria disclosed its proprietary technology and business strategies to Canadian Solar under an NDA, no deal was reached.
In an apparent reference to Solariaâ€™s proprietary HDM technology, Canadian Solar launched its â€śHiDMâ€ť shingled modules last year and began advertising and selling them in the United States. Solaria maintains that Canadian Solarâ€™s HiDM shingled modules infringe Solariaâ€™s patent, for which it seeks damages and injunctive relief.
â€śSolaria has invested over $200 million in developing its technology over the last decade to create the most advanced solar panels in the world,â€ť said Solaria CEO Suvi Sharma. â€śWhen foreign companies such as Canadian Solar ignore American patents and violate our core IP, we will take action to enforce and protect the technology that took so much effort and investment to develop.â€ť
Solaria indicated that it may bring additional claims, including additional patent infringement claims and a claim for misappropriation of trade secrets, if warranted.
Solaria is a US-based solar PV technology and systems company, with a strong track record and 20-year history in solar power innovation and product development. Solaria is paving the way for distributed, clean power generation by building advanced solar panels and fully integrated systems. Using advanced patented technology, proven field performance, and sophisticated automation, Solaria delivers solutions that address a unique set of requirements for residential and commercial solar markets. Solaria headquarters are in California, USA. For more information, please visit www.solaria.com.
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