Huawei spoke to pv magazine in response to the latest allegations made by SolarEdge regarding the latter’s allegedly infringed intellectual property. Huawei is adamant it is one of the world’s largest owners of intellectual property rights and fully supports of protecting them. The Chinese giant denies the claims made by SolarEdge and points to its large research and development (R&D) department to support its defense.
In reply to the ongoing legal battle between SolarEdge and Huawei over allegedly infringed patents, the Chinese power electronics manufacturer reiterated its commitment to R&D and its track record of patents to pv magazine.
The company reports it has established 14 R&D centers, along with dozens of laboratories and joint innovation centers across 18 countries. According to its account, 45% of Huawei’s employees – 80,000 people by last year’s figures – are employed in R&D.
A Huawei spokesperson added 10% of the company’s annual revenues are invested in R&D. These expenditures have resulted in Huawei topping the list of patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), says the company.
Huawei says it has 74,307 global patent applications in various markets, underscoring its claim to be one of the largest intellectual property rights owners. It is not clear however, whether the entirety of the patents relates to Huawei’s solar offering, or is also related to its broad portfolio of home electronics products, including headphones, computers and mobile phones.
The company concludes by stating “global leading influential research companies” ranked its solar inverters the most shipped products in 2015, 2016 and last year.
As pv magazine reported in April, Huawei was ranked first for global inverter shipments in 2017 in a GTM Research report; however, the same publication’s report in 2016 saw SMA top the ranking.
GTM Research Senior Analyst Scott Moskovitz highlighted more than half of the global inverter market at the time was due to the tremendous pace at which China continued installations. The market was over 50 GW of a global industry just short of 100 GW. With the latest announcement from China to reduce installations, and the looming threat of 25% tariffs on Chinese-made inverters in the U.S. market, the situation could again drastically change in the months ahead.
Source PV Magazine