June 28, 2019 – Hanwha Q CELLS understands that certain statements were made regarding Jinko and REC’s filing of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) petition challenging Hanwha Q CELLS’ patent in response to its patent infringement complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware in March. The filing of an IPR petition is a fairly standard reaction in U.S. litigation to a claim of infringement, and Hanwha Q CELLS believes the petition is without merit.
Hanwha Q CELLS will defend the validity of its patent rights against Jinko and REC’s claims of invalidity in the IPR as well as in the ITC. However, Hanwha Q CELLS does not believe it is appropriate to litigate this dispute in the media and therefore does not intend to comment on the substantive legal issues. The ITC has a well-established record of not staying its investigation based on an IPR filing, and the ITC investigation is on track to conclude before any decision is reached in the IPR, if instituted. Hanwha Q CELLS looks forward to proving its claims in the ITC.
Hanwha Q CELLS believes that intellectual property (IP) laws exist to incentivize innovation and protect inventions from being unfairly used. If IP laws are not enforced, companies and inventors would have no incentive to develop new products. For consumers, innovation also helps drive down the cost of cutting-edge solar product technologies. As such, Hanwha Q CELLS take the infringement of its intellectual property rights seriously, and will vigorously defend its patent rights.
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