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Effective 3/15/2020, new Partslink data is available for download for existing subscribers. For information on the Partslink program, including market intelligence, and how to subscribe to Partslink, please visit www.autobpa.com/partslink. Partslink Monthly Statistics Partslink is more than just a database of part numbers. Information pertaining to part pricing and supersession are also available to subscribers.


On March 11, 2020, the ABPA submitted opposition to Maryland House Bill 1418 – a bill that would confuse and deter consumers from aftermarket parts. A copy of the submission is below: ABPA Letter Opposing MD HB1418


On March 9, 2020, the United States Supreme Court denied ABPA’s petition for writ of certiorari on the single question of “how should the article of manufacture be determined when applying the patent exhaustion and repair doctrines in design patent cases?” While the ABPA is disappointed that the Supreme Court did not accept writ on the question Read more…


Considering attending the 2020 ABPA Convention in Newport Beach? Register now! The full schedule and agenda are now live on our website. Major industry issues will be discussed including US Customs, counterfeit products, telematics/vehicle data, and legislative updates. In addition, we will be bringing back our educational breakout sessions with presentations from CAPA, Partslink and APU Solutions. Read more…


The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is continuing its efforts to challenge the validity and enforceability of design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts. On July 23, 2019, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit published an opinion addressing the issues of functionality and patent exhaustion, which are part of ABPA’s legal case based on Read more…


Insightful Speakers, Networking Opportunities, National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® Gifting & Hendrick Motorsports Tour Sanford, NC — CIECA announced that its 12th annual conference, CONNEX 2020, will be held this year in Charlotte, NC, September 14-16. The event will include a full lineup of business and technical speakers, networking opportunities and a vehicle gifting as part Read more…


CHICAGO — LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) today announced that it has closed its previously announced agreement to sell its equity interests in two Czech wholesale automotive parts distributors to Swiss Automotive Group AG. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ, stated, “This divestiture reinforces our ongoing commitment to Read more…


Source: CollisionWeek Vehicle manufacturer alleges that remote diagnostic provider violated its trademarks and license agreements by providing remote diagnostic services using Ford software. Ford Motor Company and its Ford Global Technologies, LLC (FGTL) subsidiary filed a federal lawsuit against AirPro Diagnostics alleging the remote diagnostic service provider is infringing Ford’s trademarks and licensing agreements and is committing Read more…


Ever think of becoming an ABPA Board member or know someone who may want to serve? Your opportunity is now! During the 2020 ABPA Convention in Newport Beach, we will be conducting Board elections during the late morning session on Thursday, 4/30. One seat will be open. Should you choose to run, you will have the opportunity Read more…


On February 24, 2020, the ABPA submitted opposition to Connecticut House Bill 5176 – a bill which would restrict the use of aftermarket and recycled parts. A copy of the submission is below: ABPA Letter Opposing CT HB5176

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