Chinese Aftermarket Parts Booths Raided by US Marshals at SEMA
Nov. 4, 2016—US Marshals seized the booths of two Chinese aftermarket parts companies at the SEMA Show on Wednesday after allegations of copyright infringement, according to a report from Automotive News.
Six other companies—all Chinese aftermarket parts manufacturers—had their respective booths at the Automotive Aftermarket Parts Expo (AAPEX) shut down as well, the report said.
Authorities seized parts, displays and communications equipment in the raids.
In speaking with Automotive News, SEMA vice president of events Peter MacGillvray said protecting intellectual property is “very, very important” to the organization.
OMIX-ADA, an aftermarket manufacturer of Jeep parts in Suwanee, Ga., filed an emergency suit against the Chinese companies in Nevada’s U.S. District Court on Tuesday. The accusations stated that the Chinese manufacturers produced knock-off versions of patented parts. A preliminary injunction and seizure was issued Tuesday.
MacGillvray told Automotive News that if the Chinese manufacturers are found at fault, they will not be allowed to the show in the future.