Nextracker settles patent infringement swimsuit in opposition to solar programs – PV-Magazin USA – PV-Magazin USA

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Solar FlexRack pays Nextracker license fees for qualifying sales of Solar FlexRacks TDP 2.0 solar trackers and related products, services and components.

March 11, 2021

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Nextracker has settled a patent infringement suit against Ohio-based Northern States Metals Co., which operates its solar energy business under the name Solar FlexRack.

California-based Nextracker filed a lawsuit in federal court in June 2020 on a matter titled NEXTracker Inc. v. Solar FlexRack and Northern States Metals Company, Case No. 1: 20-cv-00849-MN (Delaware).

Under the settlement agreement, Solar FlexRack pays Nextracker royalties for qualifying sales of Solar FlexRack's TDP 2.0 solar tracker and certain related products, services, and components. No other terms were disclosed.

The lawsuit alleged that FlexRack misused Nextracker's patented technology. The patents include US Patent No. 9,806,669 entitled “Single-Axis Follower Support System for a Solar Collector” and US Patent No. 9,970,686 entitled “Balanced Solar Tracker Clamp”.

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