Tigo Vitality, Inc., a supplier of photo voltaic and power storage options, has filed a lawsuit towards the SunSpec Alliance in the USA District Court docket for the Northern District of California.
Within the wake of a ruling by which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) upheld Tigo claims related to the SunSpec Alliance Speedy Shutdown Specification, Tigo alleges that SunSpec and its representatives continued their long-standing marketing campaign to encourage its members to infringe on Tigo mental property by importing or promoting infringing fast shutdown units within the U.S.
Beginning with a proper notification despatched to SunSpec Alliance in October 2017, Tigo has repeatedly knowledgeable SunSpec Alliance that Tigo patents are crucial for the SunSpec Speedy Shutdown Specification. Tigo requested SunSpec to inform its members that they need to purchase a license from Tigo to fabricate, use, import, promote or supply to promote fast shutdown units that apply the SunSpec Speedy Shutdown Specification, and that Tigo would supply a license on cheap and non-discriminatory phrases. SunSpec refused and as an alternative filed two IPR (inter pares evaluation) petitions with the USPTO in July 2021. SunSpec’s IPRs recognized 5 member corporations that stood to profit from that authorized intervention.
In January 2023, the USPTO rejected one in every of SunSpec’s IPRs in its entirety and dominated in favor of Tigo on three of 5 claims in SunSpec’s different IPR.
“The patents in our IP portfolio are core belongings to Tigo, the USPTO has affirmed our claims, and we don’t perceive what would inspire anybody to encourage the violation of the identical,” says Zvi Alon, chairman and CEO at Tigo Vitality Inc. “The objective of Tigo is to supply high-quality fast shutdown options to our installer base by investing within the analysis and growth essential to innovate. I reiterate that Tigo will supply cheap and non-discriminatory licensing phrases to SunSpec Alliance members.”
Tigo has prevailed in a earlier patent infringement litigation and presently has a pending lawsuit that features six patent infringement claims towards SMA Photo voltaic Expertise America LLC. Tigo has additionally licensed its patented expertise to different photo voltaic gear producers.