3D Printing Continues Making Inroads in Auto Industry

Additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing) has long been a growing part of the auto industry.   Companies started out using 3D printing for prototypes and small batch production.  As technology advanced,...

Raw Material and Commodity Purchasing – Key Concerns for Manufacturers

On August 9, 2018, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (“OESA”) held its 2018 Automotive Commodities Event covering a variety of topics related to commodities purchasing, including strategies for price risk management,...

From Econobox to Land Yacht: Upsizing Electric Vehicles for Larger Margins

When the Toyota Prius was first introduced to the United States back in 2000 (and to Japan earlier in 1997), it set the stage for a distant future tsunami of...

Can Self Driving Cars Provide Cities a New Way to Understand Road Conditions?

If you happen to drive, ride a bus, take the train, or hop in the occasional Uber or Lyft, you’ve likely experienced the deteriorating nature of roads and general infrastructure...

Inter Partes Review Appeals: The Federal Circuit's Standing Requirement

Under the America Invents Act, manufacturers possess a powerful tool for combatting overly broad competitor patents: inter partes review (IPR). IPR allows any party to challenge one or more patent...

Here Comes the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement – NAFTA for short – just took one step closer to no longer existing. As originally reported by the NY Times, the United States...

Vehicle Subscription Plans Gaining More Attention, Scrutiny

Consumers are familiar with the two traditional options for vehicle ownership—buy a car, or lease a car.  However, a new option has been emerging in recent years: vehicle subscriptions.  A...

Is Tesla’s Bid to Privatize a Clever Move to Put off Insolvency?

Tesla’s Elon Musk has a long history of overpromising and under-delivering.  In spite of being a 15-year-old company, which has yet to turn a profit, Tesla still finds itself with...

Electric Scooter and Bike-Sharing Backlash Is Forcing Cities to Rethink Transit 2.0 Initiatives

If you happen to live in, or have visited, a mid-size to large city in Canada or the United States over the past few years, you’ve likely seen a millennial...

New Section 301 Tariffs Target Numerous Automotive-Sector Imports: Coping Strategies and Prospects for Product-Specific...

Introduction The automotive sector is getting a quick primer on the various ways in which the international trade laws can target automotive imports. In addition to the announcement of a potential...