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During this unique time in our country’s history, many ABPA members are questioning their ability to remain open and if they meet the guidelines for being an “essential” business. The short answer is, “yes”, your business as a parts distributor in both the US and Canada are considered essential in the words of both respective governments. Essential Read more…


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a Department of Homeland Security branch, released a memorandum on 3/19 entitled “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” that includes a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” “to help State and local officials as they work to protect their communities, while ensuring continuity of functions Read more…


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 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…


The ABPA is your voice and industry advocacy group that fights against issues that affect your business. These issues range from design patents, trademarks, and border taxes. As an ABPA member, your support is needed to help fund the design patent lawsuit vs Ford Global Technologies that is currently underway. It is a drawn-out battle and all Read more…


On August 14, 2019, ABPA Executive Director Ed Salamy and ABPA Chairman Chris Northup along with Consumer Federation of America (CFA) Executive Director Jack Gillis were invited back to FTC headquarters in Washington, DC as a follow up to the “Nixing the Fix” workshop held in July. During this meeting, ABPA and CFA were given the opportunity 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…

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