JinkoSolar says Hanwha Q Cells lawsuits lack legal merit
Chinese solar module manufacturer Jinko Solar has categorically rejected allegations made by Korean rival Hanwha Q Cells that it has used Hanwha’s passivation technology on its own solar cells.
Jinko said it would take legal action to defend itself, its clients and partners from the accusations and says that it is confident its arguments will prevail in court. Among the legal options open to Jinko is the possibility of petitioning for the patents Hanwha Q Cells is claiming against to be ruled as invalid.
“Based on Jinko Solar’s preliminary analysis of Hanwha’s complaints and the asserted patents, the company believes that the complaints are without technical or legal merit,” Jinko said in a statement.
"Jinko is working closely with its legal counsel and technical advisors to vigorously defend against the claims made by Hanwha. The company is considering all legal avenues available, including petitioning for the invalidity of Hanwha’s alleged patents."
Jinko added, the legal dispute is not expected to have any disruptive impact on its normal operations.
Last week, Hanwha Q Cells lodged a patent infringement lawsuit against Jinko and REC in Germany, and two more against the same companies plus Longi in the U.S.
In the lawsuits, Hanwha claims its three rivals have used its patented solar cell passivation technology to increase the performance of their products.