High-Tech Council Opposes ‘Right to Repair’
The so-called “Right to Repair” legislation would force manufacturers to give away their intellectual property for free. Supporters say the bill is about consumer protection and that this bill will “level the playing field” for automotive aftermarket parts retailers.
In reality, so-called “Right to Repair” actually would enable not only auto maintenance shops but literally anyone to sue an auto manufacturer to require that they hand over confidential vehicle design information — information that companies spend millions of dollars in research and development investments to develop. This is a direct attack on the industry and on intellectual property.
While the legislation is seemingly about vehicle repair, the bill contains language that would harm intellectual property protection for the medical, biotech and high-tech industries. If this bill passes, it would set a precedent for state legislation to severely limit intellectual property rights, hurting the competitiveness of pharmaceutical and high-tech companies in Massachusetts’ economy.
This is why the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council and Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council have partnered up with the Massachusetts Auto Coalition. We need to put a stop to this bill.
Members of the Legislature need to hear from all of us — automakers, consumers, high-tech companies, biotech companies and Massachusetts-based suppliers — about the misleading legislation that will hurt our local economy and community.
Join us in opposing the so-called “Right to Repair.”
Christopher R. Anderson, President, Massachusetts High Technology Council