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The Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) is pleased to announce that it has made significant progress in its ability to challenge on appeal the validity and enforceability of design patents related to automotive body repair parts. During the week of November 13, 2018, ABPA representative New World International went to trial against Ford Global Technologies, LLC after 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 November 22, 2017, the patent infringement lawsuit filed in Michigan by Ford Global Technologies LLC (FGTL) against ABPA member New World International (New World) was transferred to the Northern District of Texas following the Supreme Court’s landmark patent venue ruling in TC Heartland. The entire case was transferred, which involves thirteen separate design patents. The case 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 November 25, 2013, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Ford Global).  The lawsuit requested a declaration that certain Ford Global design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts are invalid and unenforceable under the doctrines of functionality and patent exhaustion.  ABPA is proceeding on the Read more…


An onerous bill (H.B. 4344) designed to curb the use of aftermarket parts that had been passed the Michigan legislature has been vetoed by the Governor of Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder cited the state’s “robust aftermarket parts industry” as one reason for his dismissal of the bill, and compared the bill’s requirement that a collision shop obtain Read more…


A federal grand jury in Ohio has indicted two Japanese auto-parts companies and five executives with price-fixing as part of a long-running investigation into illegal competitive practices in the automotive parts industry. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Tokai Kogyo and Maruyasu Industries, their US subsidiaries, and five executives have been charged with participating in international conspiracies Read more…


On November 25, 2013, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Ford Global Technologies, LLC (Ford Global).  The lawsuit requested a declaration that certain Ford Global design patents directed toward automotive body repair parts are invalid and unenforceable under the doctrines of functionality and patent exhaustion.  ABPA is proceeding on the Read more…


ABPA sued Ford Global Technologies LLC (FGTL) in the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) for a declaration that FGTL’s design patents are invalid and unenforceable. FGTL moved to dismiss the case, claiming that ABPA lacked associational standing to challenge the patents. ABPA won the motion and became the first association ever to win an associational standing challenge Read more…


Legislation would ensure consumers continue to benefit from more affordable collision repair parts The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) is excited to announce that the bipartisan and bicameral “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales Act” or the PARTS Act (H.R. 1057 and S. 560) now has 15 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. They include: Darrell Issa Read more…

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