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When: Thursday, August 15, 2019
Where: Detroit, Michigan 
United States

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Aftermarket IP Forum
Advancing the IP interests of aftermarket companies
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Detroit, MI

Protecting brands and intellectual property (IP) rights is more critical than ever due to increasing counterfeiting, patent infringement, gray market challenges and trademark infringement cases in the aftermarket. AASA is partnering with other leading industry organizations to bring the aftermarket together to share best practices and identify new strategies for cost-effectively fighting the problems. The Aftermarket IP Forum will be held on August 15, 2019 at Ford Conference and Events Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Attendee categories include manufacturers/suppliers, solutions/service/technology providers, PIs, attorneys, law enforcement, government agencies. Attendee titles include brand managers, attorneys/counsel, marketing, trade show booth managers.

Partner Organizations

  • A2C2 (Automotive AntiCounterfeiting Coalition)
  • AASA (Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association)
  • IP Council (IPC)
  • BCI (Battery Council International)
  • Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
  • NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) NIPRC (National IPR Center)
  • SEMA (Special Equipment Market Association)


8:00 a.m. Association/Council/Committee Meetings
10:30 a.m. General Session Welcome
10:45 a.m. Panel: Protecting Brands on Mega Online Marketplaces
11:30 a.m. The U.S. Government Is Your Ally - National IPR Center
12:00 p.m
Sponsored Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Strategic Use of TROs for Trade Shows - SEMA
1:30 p.m
Is Inside Counsel Required to Fight Infringers? - Rutan & Tucker
2:00 p.m. Practical Tactics to Fight Gray Market Goods - Pattishall
2:30 p.m. Break 
3:00 p.m.
Panel: Why Do the Bad Guys Pick on the Aftermarket?
3:45 p.m.
Leadership Required to Tackle Infringement or IP Activities in China 
4:15 p.m. Closing/Summary
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Fees

  • Two comp registrations for each partner organization
  • $595 for general registration
  • $395 for BCI members