LOS ANGELES, June 23 Applied Materials Inc
(AMAT.O) said on Monday its SunFab thin film solar technology
does not infringe on a European patent held by Switzerland's
University of Neuchatel.
The announcement by the maker of equipment for both the
semiconductor and solar power industries came after Swiss
technology group Oerlikon OERL.VX said earlier this month its
intellectual property was being infringed by Germany's Sunfilm
AG, an Applied Materials customer.
Oerlikon has an exclusive license to technology patented by
the University of Neuchatel and it filed a complaint for patent
infringement on June 10 in a German court.
In May, Sunfilm said its Applied Materials SunFab line will
begin production of silicon thin film solar modules in July.
In a statement, Applied Materials said its technology is
different from the claims of the patent held by the University
The company also said the patent is the subject of four
separate opposition proceedings that challenge its validity.
An Oerlikon spokesman was not immediately available for
(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Andre Grenon)