April 14, 2023 Less than a minute read

Missouri lawmakers considering bill that would jeopardize intellectual property

A bill meant to allow farmers to repair their own farm equipment could threaten manufacturers’ intellectual property.

Known as a “right to repair” bill, SB 554 would give owners of products purchased or used in Missouri access to diagnostic and repair information, as well as the ability to purchase repair parts and tools.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is opposing SB 554, as it would force private businesses – including agricultural equipment manufacturers and electronics companies – to divulge proprietary technology and information.

Phillip Arnzen, director of legislative affairs for the Missouri Chamber, testified in opposition before the Senate Progress and Development Committee.

“We believe this is a new business mandate that would regulate how businesses operate and what their policies are,” Arnzen said. “Additionally, we believe this language could have some impact on intellectual property and require companies to disclose information they may not feel comfortable disclosing.”

The manufacturing industry already strongly supports the right for users to repair their own equipment by providing many different resources. However, allowing users the broad ability to modify their machinery could easily lead to violations of federally mandated safety or emissions regulations.

For more information, contact Arnzen at parnzen@mochamber.com or 573-634-3511.


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