US lawyer: Vestas uses "nuclear bomb" tactics in case against GE

In a dispute with competitor General Electric, Danish wind turbine manufacturer GE is making use of a legal tactic that increases risk for the firm's counterpart and could pave the way to a settlement, according to a US lawyer.

In a court case against major competitor General Electric, Vestas is using GE of hiding information from the patent authorities. A lawyer calls this strategy the "nuclear bomb" defense. | Photo: Polfoto

Lawyers representing wind turbine maker Vestas are using a legal "nuclear bomb" in the firm's dispute with competitor General Electric in an attempt to pile on the risk for GE. This could be the first step toward a settlement in the battle between the two largest wind turbine manufacturers in the US, according to a US patent attorney.

General Electric has sued Vestas for violating a patent on a patented turbine technology in a case that could have major negative consequences for Vestas' business in the US. In the firm's defense, Vestas postulates that General Electric is guilty of "inequitable conduct", which means that the patent applicant withheld important information from the US patent authorities when applying for the patent. If Vestas succeeds in proving the "inequitable conduct", this could delete a whole series of the plaintiff's patents.

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