Seeks to have body repair part design patents ruled invalid. Alleges Ford uses patents to limit distribution and increase cost of repair parts.
On November 25, the Automotive Body Parts Association (ABPA) filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Ford Global Technologies, LLC that seeks to have design patents for body parts ruled invalid. Ford Global Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company that manages intellectual property and technology commercialization for Ford Motor Company. The complaint seeks to have the court declare Ford Global Technologies’ design patents invalid