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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

PARTS Act Could Limit Automotive Design Patent Enforceability to 2.5 Years

On April 23, 2013, H.R. 1663[1] “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act of 2013’’ or the ‘‘PARTS Act’’, was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Similar bill H.R. 3889[2] died in committee last year. The proposed bill is intended to reduce the cost of replacement parts to collision shops by limiting the period of time … Continue reading this entry