Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace.  Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods, and trunks, providing them with additional leverage over suppliers and aftermarket competitors for the entire 15 year life of a design patent.

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Cities Plan for Future of Autonomous Cars

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One year ago, we posted about the National Association of City Officials’s (NACTO) policy recommendations for autonomous vehicles.  NACTO focused on the projected infrastructure requirements for autonomous vehicles.  Now, the National League of Cities (NLC) is weighing in that cities need to speed up their efforts of preparing for autonomous cars.

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