FIRST SOLAR, INC.

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H01L SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR 181198
 
 
 
C23C COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL 5546
 
 
 
C03C CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GLASSES, GLAZES, OR VITREOUS ENAMELS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF GLASS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF FIBRES OR FILAMENTS FROM GLASS, MINERALS OR SLAGS; JOINING GLASS TO GLASS OR OTHER MATERIALS1248
 
 
 
B65G TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYERS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING; SHOP CONVEYER SYSTEMS; PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYERS 1057
 
 
 
C09D COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES, LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR 1082
 
 
 
F24J PRODUCTION OR USE OF HEAT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR 915
 
 
 
G01N INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES 9197
 
 
 
B23K SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM 885
 
 
 
G01R MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES 8151
 
 
 
B32B LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM7150

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Recent Publications

Publication # Title Filing Date Pub Date Intl Class
2017/0352,772 Photovoltaic Devices Including an Interfacial LayerAug 22, 17Dec 07, 17[H01L]
2017/0288,073 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAMEJun 12, 17Oct 05, 17[H01L]
2017/0271,533 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE INCLUDING A P-N JUNCTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURINGJun 02, 17Sep 21, 17[H01L]
2017/0236,956 Photovoltaic Devices and Method of MakingMay 04, 17Aug 17, 17[H01L]
2017/0170,353 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURINGDec 08, 16Jun 15, 17[H01L]
2017/0141,242 ANTI-REFLECTIVE AND ANTI-SOILING COATINGS WITH SELF-CLEANING PROPERTIESSep 15, 16May 18, 17[C09D, C03C, H01L]
2017/0133,522 Process For Making Powder Alloys Containing Cadmium And SeleniumFeb 18, 16May 11, 17[H01L, C01B]
2017/0104,108 DOPING AN ABSORBER LAYER OF A PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE VIA DIFFUSION FROM A WINDOW LAYERDec 20, 16Apr 13, 17[H01L]
2016/0126,395 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURINGNov 03, 14May 05, 16[H01L]
2016/0126,397 Photovoltaic Device Including a Back Contact and Method of ManufacturingJan 11, 16May 05, 16[H01L]

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Recent Patents

Patent # Title Filing Date Issue Date Intl Class
9871154 Photovoltaic devicesJun 21, 13Jan 16, 18[H01L]
9853177 Photovoltaic device including a back contact and method of manufacturingJan 11, 16Dec 26, 17[H01L]
9845824 Mounting device for a photovoltaic moduleNov 02, 15Dec 19, 17[G01S, F16C]
9799784 High efficiency photovoltaic device employing cadmium sulfide telluride and method of manufactureMar 13, 14Oct 24, 17[H01L]
9698285 Photovoltaic device including a P-N junction and method of manufacturingFeb 03, 14Jul 04, 17[H01L]
9688863 High gain durable anti-reflective coatingJun 15, 16Jun 27, 17[G02B, C09D, H01L, C03C, C08K]
9640679 Photovoltaic device with oxide layerAug 11, 11May 02, 17[C23C, C03C, H01L]
9608144 Photovoltaic devices and method of makingJun 01, 11Mar 28, 17[H01L]
9598586 Coating materials and methods for enhanced reliabilityJul 14, 15Mar 21, 17[C09D, C03C, H01L]
9573239 Apparatus and method employing a grinder wheel coolant guardAug 29, 12Feb 21, 17[B24B]

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Expired/Abandoned/Withdrawn Patents

Patent # Title Status Filing Date Issue/Pub Date Intl Class
2017/0186,629 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REMOVING COATING FROM AN EDGE OF A SUBSTRATEAbandonedMar 15, 13Jun 29, 17[H01L]
2017/0092,799 METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANUFACTURING BACK CONTACTS OF PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICESAbandonedDec 09, 16Mar 30, 17[H01L]
2016/0260,848 Method for Laser Curing of Anti-Reflective CoatingsAbandonedMar 01, 16Sep 08, 16[C23C, H01L]
2016/0181,463 METHODS OF TREATING A SEMICONDUCTOR LAYERAbandonedMar 01, 16Jun 23, 16[H01L]
2016/0065,123 METHOD OF OPERATING A PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULE ARRAYAbandonedAug 26, 14Mar 03, 16[H02S]
2015/0263,197 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE INTERCONNECTION AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURINGAbandonedMar 13, 15Sep 17, 15[H01L]
2015/0187,981 Method for DepositionAbandonedMar 06, 15Jul 02, 15[H01L]
2015/0171,260 Low Resistivity Nitrogen-Doped Zinc Telluride and Methods for Forming the SameAbandonedDec 17, 13Jun 18, 15[H01L]
2015/0160,531 Nanostructured Functional Coatings and DevicesAbandonedJan 09, 15Jun 11, 15[G02B, G02F, H01L]
2015/0027,372 Vapor Deposition Apparatus for Continuous Deposition of Multiple Thin Film Layers on a SubstrateAbandonedJul 26, 13Jan 29, 15[H01L]
2015/0000,733 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE AND METHODS OF FORMING THE SAMEAbandonedJun 27, 14Jan 01, 15[H01L]
2014/0373,917 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND METHOD OF MAKINGAbandonedAug 26, 14Dec 25, 14[H01L]
2014/0374,266 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A CADMIUM ZINC TELLURIDE LAYER IN A PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICEAbandonedDec 20, 13Dec 25, 14[H01L, C25D]
2014/0338,722 PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES WITH A CONTROLLED COLOR ON THEIR WINDOW SURFACE AND ARRAYS THEREOFAbandonedMay 14, 13Nov 20, 14[H01L]
2014/0261,614 METHOD OF INSTALLING AND OPERATING A SOLAR MODULE ARRAYAbandonedMar 04, 14Sep 18, 14[G01R]
2014/0261,685 THIN FILM PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WTIH LARGE GRAIN STRUCTURE AND METHODS OF FORMATIONAbandonedMar 13, 14Sep 18, 14[H01L]
2014/0261,686 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICE WITH A ZINC OXIDE LAYER AND METHOD OF FORMATIONAbandonedMar 13, 14Sep 18, 14[H01L]
2014/0261,689 METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICEAbandonedMar 14, 14Sep 18, 14[H01L]
2014/0273,407 Formulations And Methods For Surface Cleaning And Passivation of CdTe SubstratesAbandonedMar 14, 14Sep 18, 14[H01L]
2014/0246,083 PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES AND METHOD OF MAKINGAbandonedMar 01, 13Sep 04, 14[H01L]

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