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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Hosts Free Webinar May 21 on How to Secure Legal Representation for Patent Filings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is presenting a free webinar May 21, 2015, to identify resources to help applicants secure legal representation and assistance with patent filings.

Washington State Bill to Provide for Single License Plate Dies as Legislature Adjourns

Legislation to allow the issuance, at the option of the vehicle owner, of only a single rear-mounted license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Maine Bill to Amend Prohibition on Ethanol Blended Gasoline Not Approved

Legislation to amend the law regarding ethanol-blended gasoline to provide that a sales and distribution prohibition would take effect if only three other states had enacted similar laws was not approved by the Joint Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

North Dakota Bill Regarding Vehicle Modifications Signed Into Law

A bill that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was heavily amended, approved by the North Dakota State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Hawaii Bill to Eliminate Ethanol in Gasoline Favorably Amended by Conference Committee

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by a conference committee comprised of members from the House and Senate.

Maryland Bill to Allow Single License Plate for Hobby Cars Signed Into Law

Compromise legislation to allow the issuance of only a single license plate to historic vehicles and street rods was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan.

California Legislation to Require Additional Labeling Requirements on Some Automotive Products Amended

Legislation to require manufacturers of designated consumer products, including automotive products, to post ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee on an 8–6 vote.

Senate Version of California Bill to Ease “Made in U.S.A.” Labeling Criteria to Be Considered on May 12, 2015

The Senate version of a bill to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

More Good News for Motorized Recreation in the Sage Grouse Battles

The U.S. House Armed Services Committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes language that prohibits until 2025 the Interior Department from making a decision on whether to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Vermont Bill to Provide Titles for Exempted Vehicles Amended and Approved by House; Sent to Senate for Concurrence

Legislation to ease the burden on hobbyists by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was amended and approved by the Vermont House.
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