LONGi Announces Progress of Patent Dispute

LONGi issued an announcement on the progress of Hanwha's prosecution of the company's patent infringement, saying that the Dutch court in The Hague ruled that LONGi in the Netherlands shall not implement Hi-M03, Hi-M03m, Hi-M04, Hi-M04m, Hi-M05, Hi-M05m module products in 11 countries including Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Austria, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland directly and/or indirectly infringe Hanwha EP2220689 European patent.

LONGi stated in the announcement that the company believes that the content of this judgment lacks a legal basis and factual basis, and the company will immediately appeal in accordance with relevant laws. The subject of this judgment is only against LONGi, the company's behavior and customers other than LONGi are not subject to any restrictions by the judgment, and a small amount of returned products can still be legally sold outside the above 11 countries in Europe.

The announcement pointed out that LONGi has completed the upgrade of 14 production lines in Yinchuan and other places (with an annual production capacity of more than 6GW). Available in large quantities, the modification of the other 16 production lines will depend on market demand. This judgment will not have a material impact on the company's current operations and future development.

The patent dispute between Hanwha and LONGi has been going on for nearly three years. In March and April 2019, Hanwha successively filed patent infringement lawsuits with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. District Court of Delaware, the Federal Court of Australia, and the German District Court of Düsseldorf, claiming that LONGi and its subsidiaries Some products sold by the company in the above-mentioned regions infringe Hanwha's patent rights, and the company and its subsidiaries are required to determine that the photovoltaic module products sold by the company and its subsidiaries in the above-mentioned three places infringe its patent rights, request injunctive relief, compensation for infringement damages, and bear litigation costs and another reasonable cost.

According to data, Hanwha Group was established in 1952 and is a well-known Korean consortium headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. LONGi was established in 2000 and headquartered in Xi'an. It ranks at the forefront of my country's photovoltaic industry and energy and chemical manufacturing industry. It has five major businesses: monocrystalline silicon wafers, battery modules, industrial and commercial distributed solutions, green energy solutions, and hydrogen energy equipment. plate. The patent dispute between the two parties involved the field of photovoltaic module products.

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