US Jury Rules in Favour of Siemens Gamesa and Against GE in Patent Infringement Case

Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa said it had received a favourable ruling against turbine manufacturer General Electric (GE) in a federal court in Massachusetts, USA.

A jury in Boston found that GE infringed on one of Siemens Gamesa’s patents related to structural support of large offshore wind turbines and awarded the company a royalty rate of USD 30,000 per megawatt, Siemens Gamesa said.

”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.”

Siemens Gamesa and GE filed patent infringement complaints against each other in the United States back in 2020.

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In the complaint, Siemens Gamesa alleged that GE’s offshore wind turbine Haliade-X infringed Siemens Gamesa’s offshore Direct Drive technology patents.

”The 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,” GE Renewable Energy said in response to the ruling.

The GE Haliade-X wind turbine model has so far been selected for the 804 MW Vineyard Wind 1 wind farm offshore Massachusetts, and the 1,100 MW Ocean Wind and the 120 MW Skipjack projects in the USA.

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