Settlement reached in solar patent lawsuits

Westinghouse Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: WEST) and Zep Solar Inc. announced a final and comprehensive settlement of their multi-year legal disputes on May 31. The settlement resulted in the dismissal of all federal court actions and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) case. The specific terms of the global settlement are confidential.

The settlement extends to all customers, suppliers, and licensees of both Westinghouse Solar and Zep Solar who were named in one or more of the proceedings.

Westinghouse Solar filed a complaint against Canadian Solar and Zep Solar in October 2011 alleging that the companies infringed on two of Westinghouse’s solar technology patents for the Andalay solar panels. Zep Solar responded with a lawsuit in December 2011 against Westinghouse Solar, Light Way Solar and three other parties for patent infringement.

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