In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.
The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intellectual Property Subcommittee held a hearing on a bill that would reduce the length of design patents for automotive crash parts from 14 years to 30 months, including those previously issued.
Thanks to the efforts of Delegate Gary Howell, a West Virginia House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 14) has been introduced to designate the second Friday in July as West Virginia Collector Car Appreciation Day.
SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced for the 2016 legislative session.
Legislation has been introduced in the Idaho State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.
Legislation has been reintroduced in Iowa to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.
A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.
In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment-repair orders.
Legislation to subject historic vehicles of model year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections will be considered by the House Environment and Transportation Committee on January 28, 2016.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a SEMA-supported bill to reduce burdensome regulations on business owners and job creators.