WASHINGTON (Dec. 17, 2009)—The Automotive Service Association, the National Association of Manufacturers and the United Auto Workers are among more than a dozen organizations joining together to oppose legislation that would exempt copies of certain component parts of autos and other products from U.S. patent infringement action.
The bill, called the Access to Repair Parts Act, has been introduced in both the House and Senate. It exempts copies of original equipment component parts from patent infringement laws “if the sole purpose of the component part is for the repair of the article of manufacturer of which it is a part so as to restore its original appearance.”
In a Nov. 18 letter to the House and Senate, the various organizations expressed strong opposition to the bill.
“This legislation would promote unfair competition through the theft of original concepts and ideas,” the letter said. “Not only does the bill deny businesses the ability to rightfully protect their intellectual property, but it promotes piracy among all global industries. As a result, this legislation would put American consumers, dealers, distributors, manufacturers and suppliers at risk.”
Other organizations protesting the legislation include the National Automobile Dealers Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers.