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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…


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…


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


The ABPA is proud to offer its Partslink Numbering System® database in the Aftermarket Exchange Standard (ACES) format. The benefits of Partslink are now compounded by offering a significantly higher level of detail on each part number. When properly utilized, ACES data helps reduce instances of ill-fitting components, improves the buyer experience, and assists in the establishment Read more…


Effective 1/15/2020, 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.


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…


Effective 12/15/2019, 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.


Effective 11/15/2019, 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.

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