MHI and GE settle wind patent row

Wind farm

A Mitsubishi 2.4MW wind turbine

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and GE have settled several long-running wind turbine patent infringement disputes in the US, according to a statement from the Japanese group.

The two turbine makers have been locked in disputes over intellectual property since GE first alleged patent infringements against MHI in 2008. That came after the Japanese company began winning orders in the US for its 2.3/2.4MW machine.

The two sides have agreed to drop all pending litigation through a cross-licensing arrangement, under which each company will retain the rights to its patents, the MHI statement said.

MHI makes no further comment on the settlement beyond saying it will not have a significant impact on its earnings for the fiscal year to the end Log in to read complete article.

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