Oerlikon Solar says it is taking steps to defend its intellectual property against third-party infringement from Sunfilm AG.
The company's intellectual property portfolio includes European Patent EP 0 871 979 B1, which describes the fundamentals of micromorph tandem-cell technology. In 2003, Oerlikon obtained an exclusive license for this technology from IMT, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Oerlikon says Sunfilm AG has publicly announced plans to enter the market with tandem-junction photovoltaic modules, in violation of Oerlikon's exclusive license. The company has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the German District Court of Duesseldorf.
‘Oerlikon's intellectual property is being knowingly infringed upon by Sunfilm AG,’ says Jeannine Sargent, CEO of Oerlikon Solar. ‘Oerlikon wants to assure our stakeholders that we will enforce and protect our intellectual property and will aggressively pursue all parties who are suspected of violating these rights.’