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Press Releases and Statements

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2012

October 31, 2012 QPC Highlights Momentum in Global Effort to Preserve Competition in Automotive Aftermarket
October 30, 2012 Quality Parts Coalition Urges PARTS Act Support from AAPEX/SEMA Attendees
October 29, 2012 Automotive Body Parts Association Calls on AAPEX/SEMA Attendees to Join Quality Parts Coalition
October 29, 2012 RetireSafe Urges Seniors, Repairs Shops to Support PARTS Act during AAPEX/SEMA Week
October 12, 2012 Quality Parts Coalition Alerts Parents to Hidden Car Ownership Costs During National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 11, 2012 Quality Parts Coalition Encourages Support for Parts Act Legislation at International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE)
August 2, 2012 PARTS Act Hearing Clarifies Misconceptions About Automotive Aftermarket
August 1, 2012 AIA - American Insurance Association : AIA Statement on PARTS Act Hearing
August 1, 2012 RetireSafe Urges House IP Subcommittee Support for H.R. 3889, the PARTS Act – Calls Passage "Critical" for Older Americans!
August 1, 2012 NAMIC: PARTS Act Would Protect Billions in Savings for Consumers
August 1, 2012 PCI Member Testifies Before Congress to Support PARTS Act and the Competitive Auto Repair Market
August 1, 2012 Two key board members submit testimony on HR 3889
June 14, 2012 U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy, Walter Jones and Dennis Ross Join as Co-Sponsors of the "Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (Parts) Act"
February 2, 2012 PCI Applauds Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Consumer Access to Alternative Repair Parts
February 2, 2012 AIA Supports Legislation Maintaining Competition and Choice for Consumers in Auto Repair Parts Market
February 2, 2012 NAMIC: Issa Auto Parts Bill Protects Consumers
February 2, 2012 RetireSafe Applauds New Legislation to Protect Seniors' Access to Affordable Alternative Crash Parts
February 2, 2012 Quality Parts Coalition Applauds Newly Introduced Legislation to Protect Consumer Access to Alternative Collision Repair Parts

2008

December 1, 2008 Wisconsin Automotive Parts Association Joins Charge for Automotive Repair Clause
November 7, 2008 Economic Crisis and Loss of Competition Threatens Repairers' Livelihood
November 5, 2008 Quality, Replacement Parts Offer Big Savings in Tough Economic Times
November 4, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition's Executive Director Addresses Need for Auto "Repair Clause" in Economic Downturn
July 28, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition and Automotive "Repair Clause" Supporters Submit
Testimony to USPTO
July 8, 2008 Kentucky-Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association Joins Quality Parts Coalition
June 26, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition Gains Additional Support from New York
June 16, 2008 USPTO Holds Town Hall Meeting on Industrial Patent Designs
May 19, 2008 Automotive Parts and Service Association of Illinois Joins QPC in Support of H.R. 5638
May 7, 2008 International Trade Commission Section 337 Complaint Targets Owners
of Classic American Sports Car
April 17, 2008 Representative Zoe Lofgren Champions Consumers' Rights
March 19, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition Welcomes Support of Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association
March 18, 2008 Florida Automotive Industry Association and Quality Parts Coalition Urge Florida Legislators to Stop Monopolies, Preserve Competition
March 3, 2008 Florida Automotive Industry Association Endorses the Quality Parts Coalition
February 14, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition: Charge to Preserve Competition in Collision Parts Industry Continues
February 4, 2008 Quality Parts Coalition to Collision Repairers: Beware of Car Company Patents
January 30, 2008 California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association Endorses Quality Parts Coalition
January 14, 2008 Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast, Inc. (AAAS) Endorses Quality Parts Coalition



In The News

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2008

Kentucky-Indiana Automotive Wholesalers Association Joins Quality Parts Coalition Autobody Online

Kentucky-Indiana Wholesalers Join Quality Parts Coalition Collision Week

Quality Parts Coalition Gains Additional Support from New York Autobody Online

Quality Parts Coalition Gets Support of NY Aftermarket Association Collision Week

CAWA and AAIA meet with members of Congress to discuss pending legislation Aftermarket Business

USPTO Holds Town Hall Meeting on Industrial Patent Designs IP Frontline

Patent Office Town Hall Meeting Gathers Input on Design Protection Collision Week 
The United States Patent and Trademark Office on Monday hosted the second in a series of town hall meetings on the subject of design protection at its Alexandria, Va., headquarters.

USPTO Holds Town Hall Meeting On Industrial Patent Designs Autobody Online

Ford Files Design Patent Infringement Complaint on Mustang Aftermarket News

Ford Files New Patent Infringement Complaint for Mustang Parts Collision Week
On May 2, 2008, Ford filed a new design patent infringement complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging infringement of design patents for certain exterior repair parts for the 2005 Ford Mustang.

Ford Seeks to Stop Imports of Replacement Car Parts (Update 2) Bloomberg

AAIA urging support for federal patent law Motor Age

AAIA Urges Congress to Say “Yes” to H.R. 5638 Autobody Online

Motoring Consumers Will Benefit From “Repair Clause” Legislation Autobody Online

Aftermarket Groups Call for Support of Design Patent Exemption Collision Week
The Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA) and the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) individually voiced their support this week for the creation of a legal exemption to US design patent laws for aftermarket parts.

“Representative Zoe Lofgren Champions Consumers’ Rights” Autobody Online

“House introduces patent infringement bill to protect aftermarket” ABRN

“Quality Parts Coalition Welcomes Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association" CollisionWeek
The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) announced that the Ohio Valley Automotive Aftermarket Association (OVAAA) has joined the coalition's effort to secure a legal exception for aftermarket parts against the automakers design patent protections.

“Aftermarket Groups Bring Repair Clause Message to Florida Lawmakers" CollisionWeek
The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) and Florida Automotive Industry Association (FAIA) last week met with Florida state legislators to emphasize the importance of preserving competition in the automotive aftermarket collision industry, urging state legislators to take the message to the federal level.

“U.S. House Committee Hears Testimony in Favor of Repair Clause" CollisionWeek
Adding a "repair clause" to United States design patent law is critical to keeping prices fair and the automotive collision parts marketplace free, according to recent testimony by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.

"Quality Parts Coalition testifies to preserve competition in collision repair industry" Aftermarket Business

"House Judiciary Subcommittee holds design law hearing" ABRN

"CAWA supports fight for patent repair clause" ABRN

2007

"California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers’ Association Supports Fight For Patent 'Repair Clause" Auto Body Online

“Southeast Aftermarket Association Joins Design Patent Fight" CollisionWeek
The Quality Parts Coalition (QPC) announced that the Automotive Aftermarket Association Southeast, Inc. (AAAS) has joined as a partner in the Coalition's ongoing effort to combat the automobile manufacturing industry's attempt to block the sale of aftermarket parts by claiming design patent protection.

"Quality Parts Coalition battles OEs on use of patents to criminalize aftermarket" Parts & People

"MEPs Vote to End Car Part Protection" Managing Intellectual Property

"European Parliament Votes to Open EU to Aftermarket Parts" CollisionWeek 
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to allow the sale of aftermarket crash parts in every member nation of the European Union.

"Quality Parts Coalition Applauds Most Influential Women Winners" CollisionWeek 
At the ninth annual Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry Awards held during the 2007 International Autobody Congress and Exposition (NACE), Dolores Richardson, president of the Automotive Body Parts Association and active member of the Quality Parts Coalition, was among five women honored for their commitment to the collision repair industry.

"Aftermarket Alliance Endorses Quality Parts Coalition" CollisionWeek 
During the Alliance of State Automotive Aftermarket Associations (ASAAA) October 30, 2007, member meeting, ASAAA endorsed the Quality Parts Coalition (QPC). The organizations have agreed to collaborate in the fight against the "automakers' monopoly on aftermarket collision parts" to preserve competition in the replacement collision parts market.

"European Parliament Moves Forward in Adopting Repair Clause" Automotive Industry Today

"Keystone Urges Congress to Ease Patent Law for Parts" Bloomberg

"Congress Urged to Protect Drivers from High-Cost Car Parts" Market Watch

"Quality Parts Coalition Protests Auto Parts Monopoly" IPFrontline.com