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US ITC: Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Finds No Infringement Of Hanwha Q-Cells’ Patent By REC Group


The US International Trade Commission (ITC) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issued an Initial Determination (Order No. 40) finding that REC Group's accused solar cells do not infringe the asserted claims of Hanwha Q-Cells' ‘215 patent. The ALJ's Initial Determination further confirmed that REC's N-Peak and Alpha solar cell technologies do not infringe the asserted claims of the ‘215 patent and would not be subject to any exclusion order sought by Hanwha Q-Cells. If Hanwha petitions for review of the ALJ's Initial Determination, the Commission has until May 27, 2020 to determine whether it will grant review.

According to Steve O'Neil, CEO at the pioneering solar energy company, headquartered in Norway, “The order is a testament to REC's confidence that Hanwha Q-Cells' claims against REC are and have always been without merit.”

“REC is committed to remaining 'Solar's Most Trusted'. For more than 23 years, REC has been empowering homeowners, businesses, and communities around the world with clean and affordable solar energy via our inhouse invented, high-efficiency products. We will continue with that mission, even during these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19. With our broad precautionary measures, we are able to continue production ramp up of our most recent innovation, the REC Alpha Series. Our customers and partners can rely on us to bring new and exciting pioneering technology to the market to support the global energy transitions,” O'Neil said.

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