Vestas Wind Systems and General Electric (GE), acting through its Renewable Energy Business, have reached an amicable settlement of all disputes related to multiple patent infringement claims in the U.S.
The result: a discontinuation of the case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, as well as all other pending proceedings related to the patents-in-suit.
These generally relate to technologies that enable wind turbines to manage grid faults. With this settlement, any past infringements of the patents-in-suit are fully released. In addition, the settlement includes a cross-license to the patents-in-suit and their family members, as well as a confidential payment from Vestas to GE.
The announcement resolves the initial lawsuit GE filed on July 31, 2017 against Vestas and Vestas-American Wind Technology, which claimed:
- Infringement of its U.S. Patents No. 7,629,705 and No. 6,921,985;
- Vestas’ two counterclaims against GE, claiming infringement of its U.S. Patents No. 7,102,247 and No. 7,859,125 on 15 December 2017; and
- ll pending inter-partes review proceedings with respect to the patents-in-suit.
The cross-license applies globally to the parties’ and their affiliates’ respective onshore and offshore wind businesses and ensures that they can use the technology covered by such patents.