Tag Archives: Auto Parts

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.… Continue reading this entry

FTC 2014 Amendments to Used Auto Parts Guides

The Federal Trade Commission announced amendments, on July 8, 2014, to its Used Auto Parts Guides, intended to prevent unfair or deceptive marketing of used motor vehicle parts and assemblies containing used parts. The FTC’s amended Guides will become effective on August 22, 2014, and complement disclosure requirements in place in at least some states. In … Continue reading this entry

Auto Parts Investigations Require Effective Antitrust Compliance Programs to Limit the On-going Risk

Steady as clockwork, auto parts investigations around the globe are continuing. These investigations have exposed wide-ranging price fixing conspiracies. Prosecutors rely on well-organized global enforcement cooperation, sophisticated electronic surveillance, leniency/amnesty plus programs and private damage actions. The toll in fines, imprisonment and damages goes on and on, ever higher. This train wreck was avoidable. There is still time to … Continue reading this entry

OESA Regional Meeting - Chicago Automotive Supplier Industry Update

Are you aware that General Motors (“GM”) issued new general terms and conditions (“Terms”) for direct material, customer care & aftersales, and tooling purchases effective for requests for quotation issued on or after July 15, 2013? You are in the Automotive Industry, you need to be. Are you aware that the DOJ continues to extract plea agreements … Continue reading this entry

Auto Parts Distributor Avoids Liability In Robinson-Patman Suit

On July 19, 2013, the Ninth Circuit affirmed an award of summary judgment to an aftermarket auto parts distributor that had received better prices than a competitor. Gorlick Distribution Centers, LLC v. Car Sound Exhaust System, Inc., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 14635 (9th Cir. 2013). In rejecting the competitor’s claim that the defendant’s receipt of favorable … Continue reading this entry