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August 2017

Schneider Electric Licenses Patents for Hot Aisle Containment and Cooling Tech from Switch

switch has licensed its patented hot-aisle containment and cooling technology known in the industry as the switch t-scifs and the switch tscs to schneider electric.


“we are excited to conclude this important license, clearing the way for us to incorporate switch’s innovative hot aisle containment and cooling technologies which will complement schneider’s product offerings and efficiencies,” said christopher hanley, svp of data center systems for schneider electric.


“this announcement further strengthens our long and growing relationship and provides another opportunity for data center clients to benefit from the combined innovation from switch and schneider electric.”


schneider has been one of switch’s leading global suppliers of equipment for switch mod facilities for many years. these offerings include switch’s patented tri-redundant power system, power distribution systems and power pods, central to the switch wdmd® and switch mod® facility designs.


both parties view the license agreement as an opportunity to explore future strategic customer/vendor opportunities.


rob roy began inventing switch’s technology in 2006 and switch has obtained regular patent allowances from the united states patent and trademark office for rob roy’s innovative designs since that time.


the license covers all issued patent claims for switch’s 100% hot aisle containment chimney and exterior wall penetrating multi-mode hvac technology. switch’s patents have historically been reserved exclusively for switch’s customers, until switch began its broader patent licensing program in 2016.


since then, switch has begun licensing its technology to others, including to berkshire hathaway’s electric utility, nv energy. switch believes the licensing of switch’s technology by third parties further validates rob roy’s inventions and status as one of the world’s leading data center designers, with more than 350 issued and pending patent claims.


“the industry continues to recognize the benefits of switch’s technology to reduce data center carbon footprints and improve server deployment densities and efficiencies” said samuel castor, executive vice president of policy for switch.


“switch’s policy team licenses switch technology to those best situated to help lay the foundation for the internet of everything, like schneider electric, and we will vigorously defend against unauthorized use. we are honored to offer schneider electric a license to these patents and we are pleased that schneider finds switch’s patents unique and valuable.”

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