MEMA applauds Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) for introducing the INFORM Consumers Act in the House. With her leadership, this important intellectual property rights (IPR) legislation will protect consumers by combating the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products sold by some high-volume, third-party sellers on online retail marketplaces. This bill is a companion to a Senate bill that was introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in March. MEMA supports this bipartisan, bicameral effort to bring much-needed transparency and clarity to consumers seeking to purchase safe, high-quality motor vehicle parts online. MEMA calls for both the Senate and Congress to take positive action on this important legislation.
IPR protection is a top priority for MEMA, and counterfeiting vehicle components and parts and stealing trademarks are issues MEMA takes very seriously. The theft of IPR leads to significant costs to suppliers, including lost sales, damages to brand reputation and significant legal and investigation expenditures. Furthermore, the continued proliferation, importation, and dissemination of counterfeit parts pose risks to public health and safety.