A portion of Nadler's statement is located below the jump. A full text can be found here.
Rep. Nadler Statement on the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2015
Feb 2, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, delivered the following statement during a hearing on the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales (PARTS) Act of 2015 defending intellectual property rights that work for consumers.
The full text of the statement is below:
“Today we consider H.R. 1057, the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales,” or PARTS, Act of 2015. This legislation, introduced by Chairman Issa and the Gentlewoman from California, Ms. Lofgren, would reduce the term of design patent protection for exterior automotive repair parts, like fenders, side-view mirrors, and headlights, from 14 years to two-and-a-half years.
“Supporters see it as a pro-consumer bill to foster much-needed competition in the collision repair parts market. But, opponents see it as an unfair exemption to established patent law at the expense of one industry, with potential safety implications. Each side makes compelling arguments, and I appreciate the opportunity to examine these issues in greater detail today.