Washington — In testimony delivered to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) joined with other property/casualty insurance trade associations in expressing strong concerns about litigation that would use patent laws to prohibit competitive auto repair parts.

“We are concerned that ongoing legal proceedings involving a novel application of design patent rights would harm our members’ policyholders by increasing auto repair costs, which would necessitate higher insurance costs,” wrote NAMIC in the testimony. “We believe these legal proceedings could establish precedent that could virtually eliminate competitive aftermarket repair parts from the marketplace.”

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