KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Corporation (headquarters: Kyoto, Japan; president: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced that it has concluded a technology licensing agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; president: Jongseo Kim). The agreement features a license for Kyocera’s Japanese patent related to a “three-bus-bar electrode structure” that increases energy conversion efficiency in solar modules (Japanese patent no. 4953562), and also includes a mutual exchange of patent licenses between the two companies to be executed in the future. Under the terms of the agreement, Kyocera has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hanwha Q CELLS Japan Co., Ltd. relating to the above-cited patent as of October 6, 2015.
Kyocera has conducted R&D in the field of solar energy continuously since 1975, achieving a number of technological innovations. Through effective utilization of the two companies’ patents, Kyocera will strive to continually develop advanced products. The company recognizes intellectual property as a vital asset, and remains committed to the further development of its solar energy business.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, mobile phones, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2015, the company’s net sales totaled 1.53 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the latest listing of the “Top 100 Global Innovators” by Thomson Reuters, and is ranked #552 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.