Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois Joins QPC in Support of H.R. 5638 - BodyShop Business

Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois Joins QPC in Support of H.R. 5638

The Automotive Parts and Service Association (APSA) of Illinois today
joined the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) in support of H.R. 5638,
sponsored by Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). Introduced in March
2008, the bill would amend Title 35, U.S. Code (Patents) to provide
design patent exemption for alternative repair parts used for the
purpose of repairing a vehicle to its original appearance.

The QPC was created in early 2007 in response to a Section 337 case
filed by Ford Global Technologies with the International Trade
Commission (ITC) against manufacturers and U.S. distributors of auto
exterior repair parts on the Ford F-150, which resulted in a general
exclusion order prohibiting the importation of certain aftermarket 
parts that infringe on patents of seven exterior Ford F-150 repair
parts. With that decision currently under appeal, Ford Global
Technologies filed a second suit, targeting 2005 Ford Mustang
replacement parts, on May 2, 2008.  
 
“With Ford’s apparent push to monopolize the automotive collision parts
market, it’s now more important than ever that Congress adopt Rep.
Lofgren’s bill to protect consumers from unwarranted and illegal
monopolies,” said Eileen A. Sottile, executive director of the QPC.
“APSA of Illinois, along with the QPC, recognizes that this drive to
create a second monopoly in collision repair parts is an attempt by car
manufacturers, already reeling from a tough economy, to increase their
own revenues at the detriment of the consumer. Rep. Lofgren’s
introduction of H.R. 5638 is a permanent legislative solution that will
protect owners of every automobile make and model.”
 
“Design patents are intended to protect the overall innovation of an
automobile, not to provide an avenue for big automakers to impose a
monopoly – and remove incentive to keep costs low and quality high – on
the aftermarket collision parts market,” said Matt Wells, executive
vice president of APSA of Illinois. “Rep. Lofgren’s bill will protect
the tradition of competition in the alternative aftermarket collision
parts industry that has provided a quality choice when repairing a
crashed vehicle for more than 60 years.”
 
For more information, visit www.apsail.com and www.qualitypartscoalition.com.

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