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The Federal Trade Commission estimates that automotive parts counterfeiting costs the automotive industry $12 billion a year globally, including $3 billion per year in the United States.  In addition to lost sales of legitimate parts, counterfeit auto parts often do not meet quality and performance standards, pose a safety risk to consumers, and can damage the reputation of reputable suppliers and their brands.  Maintenance and high-volume aftermarket items are the types of automotive products most often counterfeited.  The list below includes a number of websites intended to help combat counterfeit automotive parts:

The U.S. Government's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) Initiative is a one-stop-shop to help businesses protect their intellectual property at home and abroad. STOP’s web-page includes IPR toolkits for the following countries: China, Brazil, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Russia, and Taiwan. Web-site: www.stopfakes.gov;  Telephone: 1-866-999-HALT

Frequently asked questions regarding how to protect intellectual property: http://www.stopfakes.gov/sf_how.asp

Intellectual Property Rights in China Webinar Series: http://www.stopfakes.gov/events/china_webinar_series.asp

U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s web-page for information on “recording” validly registered trademarks and copyrights with Customs & Border Protection: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/commercial_enforcement/ipr/

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center: http://www.ice.gov/pi/cornerstone/ipr/

Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association's (AASA) web-link regarding automotive parts counterfeiting: http://www.aftermarketsuppliers.org/issues/counterfeiting.php

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) web-link regarding automotive parts counterfeiting: http://www.aftermarket.org/Government/Federal_Issues/Federal_Issues.asp#anti-counterfeiting

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) web-link regarding intellectual property rights: http://www.sema.org/main/semaorghome.aspx?id=52229

International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition: http://www.iacc.org

World Intellectual Property Organization: http://www.wipo.int/

Quality Brands Protection Committee, China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment: http://www.qbpc.org.cn/en/about/about/factsheet

General Motors' Brand Protection Information: http://www.gmchina.com/english/services/services_brand_protection.html

Goodwrench’s GM Parts Brand Protection information: http://www.gmgoodwrench.com/PartsAccessories/GMPartsAdvantage.jsp

Ford Motor Company's Global Brand Protection Information: http://www.partsbrandprotection.com/

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