Auto Care Association Backs LKQ Corp., Keystone Automotive

Auto Care Association Backs LKQ Corp., Keystone Automotive

The association says that minimal design modifications should not grant OEMs a monopoly on replacement parts.

The Auto Care Association filed an En Banc Brief of Amicus Curiae, in support of appellants LKQ Corporation and Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc. vs. GM Global Technology Operations LLC, in a matter pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Auto Care Association’s filing supports the position that it is crucial that minimal design changes do not effectively grant Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) a monopoly over individual replacement parts for the useful life of the vehicle and therefore that the Court should adopt the KSR test for design patent obviousness.

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