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Canadian Solar and Sunova’s solar modules detained by customs for potential patent infringement

Recently, nine containers of Canadian Solar’s solar PV modules including TOPHiKu 6 series modules and Sunova’s TANGRA series modules were detained by China Customs due to potential patent infringement.

Canadian Solar and Sunova’s solar modules detained by customs for potential patent infringement

This action underscores China’s firm stance on combating patent infringement and safeguarding the export of its leading “new three”.

The detained shipments are destined for Europe and Latin America, with a total value over RMB 5 million.

As Chinese companies accelerate their global expansion, electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, and solar PV products have become China’s globally competitive “new three”, resulting in a noticeable increase in intellectual property disputes among new energy enterprises.

This action by China Customs is just the first step of a series of China’s efforts in promoting IP protection and penalizing producers that are violating the intellectual property rights of others, reflecting the country’s overall determination in high-quality development target.

Patent infringement not only harms the legitimate rights of patent holders, impedes technological innovation, but also affects the delivery of products by the infringing party and their commitments to customers. The infringing party will face huge compensation and claims from both customers and the patent holders as well.

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