Solar module mounting specialist, Zep Solar has vigorously responded to Westinghouse Solar’s International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint actions over two Westinghouse patents being infringed. The surprise move to use the ITC was made clear, according to Zep Solar in a brief emailed press statement, claiming that Westinghouse had already failed in a district court to enforce the two patents.
The company stated the following: “Westinghouse Solar’s actions in this matter are baseless and misleading. They are well aware of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s recent rejections of each and every Westinghouse Solar claim contained in the two cited patents. Moreover, Zep Solar’s patent protections pre-date all of Westinghouse Solar’s patents. We are confident that Zep Solar will prevail in the ITC, just as we have in the district court, and look forward to a swift resolution.”
Since Zep Solar raised venture capital and started demonstrating its mounting solutions in 2010, it has gained industry plaudits for its designs and ease of installation, leading to the likes of Trina Solar, Canadian Solar and Upsolar partnering to integrate as well as offer Zep systems as kits for installers.
With regards to Canadian Solar’s response, which has yet to be forthcoming, much of China is on a week of state holidays.