Court rules in favour of Siemens Gamesa in GE patent battle

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 20/06/2022 Siemens Gamesa
A Federal Court in Massachusetts has decided in favour of Siemens Gamesa regarding its patent infringement case against GE Renewable Energy.

Filed back in 2020, Siemens Gamesa's lawsuit alleged that GE’s offshore wind turbine Haliade-X infringes two of its offshore Direct Drive technology patents. One concerned the enhancement of direct drive technology and the other concerned structural support.

A jury in Boston found that GE infringed on one of Siemens Gamesa’s patents related to structural support of large offshore wind turbines. As a result, Siemens Gamesa was awarded a royalty rate of $30,000 per megawatt.

“Fair and legal competition is vital to the success of the renewable energy industry, both in the United States and around the world,”
said Steve Dayney, Head of Offshore North America for Siemens Gamesa. “Siemens Gamesa welcomes the jury’s verdict on our patent.”

A GE Renewable Energy spokesman commented: “Last week’s verdict found one of the patents was invalid and we did not infringe. We are reviewing our legal options related to the other patent and remain committed to the US offshore wind market.”

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