Government Affairs Research

Over the years, SEMA has received many requests from members seeking information about Federal and State emissions compliance requirements. In many cases, there has been confusion about the process by which requirements can be met and Executive Orders (E.O.s) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are issued for applicable parts and systems. In the past, SEMA has provided information and outlined compliance steps. However, we’ve learned there are ways to further simplify the process. So, to assist our members in understanding the requirements and to identify ways to minimize both cost and time in reaching compliance status, we’ve collected information that addresses these issues in a very user-friendly way.

All businesses have tangible assets: buildings, machines, and accounts receivable. Companies have intangible assets too: trademarks, patents, copyrights, reputation, and goodwill. SEMA places a high premium on the protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights, also known as intellectual property (IP).

I am not the world’s greatest authority on the subject of cars and propulsion systems, but I’m probably pretty high on the list in Congress. Some people want cars to go away entirely. Others think we are headed to all electrics, all hybrids or fuel cells. Of course, there are 130 million cars and trucks in the United States today, which are almost entirely powered by gasoline.

The issues currently facing the United States and all of its industries are among the most important we’ve faced in the nation’s history.

Any good idea or product is worth protecting—especially if it’s the mainstay of your business’ success. However, the process of protecting your intellectual property (IP) may seem daunting.

The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have an increased and growing impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed.

Officials across the country are constantly working on legislative and
regulatory proposals that have a direct impact on our industry and your
customers.

In the specialty-equipment industry, certification often represents a
laborious but required undertaking for the selling of aftermarket parts.