PV manufacturer Maxeon has filed a lawsuit in Germany claiming that its rival, Aiko Photo voltaic, has breached European patents for the structure of lend a hand contact record voltaic cells. Aiko Photo voltaic has denied the allegations.

Image: Maxeon Photo voltaic Technologies.

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Singapore-based mostly PV manufacturer Maxeon Photo voltaic Technologies is suing its Chinese competitor Aiko Photo voltaic Vitality, as effectively as wholesaler Memedo GmbH, for alleged patent infringement relating to a reveal form connected to the structure of lend a hand contact record voltaic cells.

In accordance with a explain from Maxeon, Maxeon’s subsidiaries filed the patent infringement lawsuit against Aiko Photo voltaic and its subsidiaries the day prior to this in Mannheim District Court, Germany.

Maxeon stated within the click commence that Aiko and Memodo personal allegedly breached Maxeon’s European Patent No. EP2297788B1. The patent pertains to proprietary and elementary record voltaic cell architectures for lend a hand contact record voltaic cells, also is named all-lend a hand contact (ABC) record voltaic cells or interdigitated lend a hand contact (IBC) record voltaic cells. Maxeon produces and sells modules with IBC record voltaic cells.

“The lawsuit against Aiko and Memodo is essential to guard our intellectual property, indispensable R&D and varied investments, as effectively as our status and deep heritage and culture of innovation,” Maxeon’s CEO Invoice Mulligan stated.

Maxeon’s Chief Appropriate and Sustainability Officer, Lindsey Wiedman, stated, “We predict that Aiko makes exhaust of Maxeon’s abilities.”

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Aiko Photo voltaic has rejected the allegations.

“AIKO’s ABC products are fundamentally varied from the abilities protected by the asserted patent, as has been confirmed by our intellectual property team and our European outdoors counsel, a effectively-known IP company,” the firm stated in an announcement despatched to pv magazine.

“We intend to robustly defend our set of dwelling with our partners whereas jointly and actively hunting for a choice to defend our legitimate rights and pursuits, preserving the coolest to pursue further proceedings.”

Aiko stated it had 1061 patents – alongside with 325 patents for ABC abilities – as of Oct. 31, 2023.

In June, Maxeon filed a lawsuit against Tongwei for patent infringement of his Shingled-Hypercell abilities.

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