WASHINGTON — The Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today applauds the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet for holding a hearing on H.R. 1057, the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act” (The PARTS Act).
“This issue affects real people and real families in a very real way, right in their wallets. Consumers deserve to have a choice when it comes to which headlight or bumper guard is used to repair their car after an auto accident. We all know consumers benefit from competition, which is why this legislation is so important,” said Nat Wienecke, PCI’s senior vice president, federal government relations.
“The increasing use of design patents in the auto collision repair market thwarts competition and puts consumer benefits in jeopardy. The PARTS Act strikes a balance between protecting intellectual property and preserving competition in the collision repair parts market. PCI applauds Chairman Issa and the Judiciary Subcommittee for holding today’s hearing and addressing this important public policy problem. We call on Congress to take up and pass this legislation for the benefit of consumers,” concluded Wienecke.
Robert L. Lyon, president and CEO, Rockingham Group submitted testimony for the record on behalf of PCI and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. The testimony is attached. More information on the PARTS Act is available on PCI’s website.