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Siemens Gamesa to squeeze GE's flagship out of US market

The ongoing patent lawsuit between GE and Siemens Gamesa stands to greatly backfire for the US giant, which could force players such as Ørsted to find new offshore wind turbines. The power company itself claims this risks leading to ”potentially irreversible” delays on a gigawatt-scale project.

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Two years ago, GE sued Siemens Gamesa for patent rights infringement. The US company has used this strategy on numerous occasions to push rivals out of its home market, or at least force them to pay royalties for the disputed technology and thereby gain a better position in the competition. As Chief Executive Philip Totaro of analyst firm IntelStor told EnergyWatch at the time, GE targeted the offshore wind market specifically in the suit against Siemens Gamesa.

However, as is often the case with this type of lawsuit, it developed into a protracted affair with counter-suits and Siemens Gamesa claiming that GE was illegally using a patented technology for the underpinnings of its offshore turbine’s main bearings, the so-called patent 413. The case now seems to be severely backfiring for GE.

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