Auto Crash Parts and Design Patents, a Commentary By AAI Senior Fellow Norman Hawker, Issued as House Judiciary Takes Up the Access to Repair Parts Act

This paper provides overview of design patents, describes the aftermarket, elaborates on the anticompetitive effects of design patents when enforced by third party parts distributors, and concludes that the Lofgren bill, creating a limited exception to design patent law, would promote price competition in the aftermarket and benefit consumers.