Heraeus Poised to Defend Intellectual Property Position

Shanghai - China; April 28, 2015

Heraeus plans to assist customer develop transition plans if their suppliers’ pastes infringes on Heraeus patents.

Through acquisition, partnerships and intense internal development, Heraeus has elevated its intellectual property position in metallization pastes for solar cells. This expansion in protected technology, including last month’s announcement of the co-ownership of patents TWI453930 and TWI432539 and their foreign counterparts, has heightened Heraeus’ need to proactively protect its intellectual property assets.

“Heraeus’ excellence is based on the ability to provide our customers with innovative products that allow them to offer very competitive solar cells on the market”, states Andreas Liebheit, Head of Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit. He further outlines that a strong IP portfolio is key to protect Heraeus and his customers against risks arising from the sale and use of silver pastes for photovoltaic cells. In a technology- and IP-driven market we will carefully monitor the market and expect from our competitors that they do not violate Heraeus' patents. In case this expectation is not met, Heraeus will defend its IP and support the products of its customers. If a customer realizes that he uses infringing products, we will assist our customers to develop transition plans, says Liebheit.

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