Published on November 23, 2011
The geography of patent filings shows a clear focus on US patent filings by First Solar compared to its non-US based peers. While such a focus is to be expected given the origins of First Solar, and its primary market in the US, as the Solar PV industry becomes increasingly global, non-domestic patent filings can be expected to become more important for companies with global ambitions.
The United States and European patent filings account for 50% of First Solar's patent portfolio. It is quite significant that patent filings in Asia account for a mere 6%, with only half of these filed in China. This may be particularly important in the future as China continues to growth as a market and as a source of competition to US and EU solar PV manufacturers.