Kyocera ends patent row with Q Cells

Japan’s Kyocera has terminated a lawsuit against Hanwha Q Cells over a patent related to its solar panel technologies.

The two sides ended the dispute by signing a technology licensing agreement for Kyocera’s Japanese “three-bus-bar electrode structure” patent.

They also agreed to exchange other unspecified patent licenses in the future.

They did not reveal additional details about the agreement.

“Through effective utilisation of the two companies’ patents, Kyocera will strive to continually develop advanced products,” the Kyoto-based group said in an online statement.

It said its three-bus-bar electrode structure technology — patented in March 2012 — increases the energy-conversion efficiency of its PV modules.

The company filed the lawsuit against Hanwha Q Cells in the Tokyo District Court in July 2014.