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SEMA Show Seminar Highlights Patent Law: Your Automotive Products in a Changing World

New laws are changing the way patents should be pursued, and how you should view the patents of others.

Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Ethanol Requirement in Gasoline Approved by House; Moves to Senate

Legislation to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by an overwhelming margin in the House of Representatives and will now be sent to the Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee for consideration.

EPA Tightens Ozone Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is lowering the ozone pollution standard limit to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from the current 75 ppb standard.

Congressional Bill Would Protect and Expand Off-Roading Interests in the California Desert

SEMA-supported legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to preserve 300,000 acres of the California desert for off-roading and expand OHV recreation areas by more than 60,000 acres. 

Congress Passes Legislation to Protect Affordable Health Coverage for Small Business

The U.S. Congress passed legislation to relieve employers with 51 to 100 employees from additional burdens under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

SEMA Show Seminar: The SEMA Way to Emissions-Legal Products

After all the hard work of developing innovative new performance products, how do you legally get them into the market?

“Speed Week” at Bonneville Salt Flats Cancelled Due to Deteriorating Conditions, Lack of Salt

Deteriorating conditions and wet weather at the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) forced the Southern California Timing Association/Bonneville Nationals Inc. to cancel Speed Week. The event organizers were unable to identify more than 2¼ miles of salt suitable for a safe course. Speed Week began in 1949 and is the largest annual racing event held at the BSF, with hundreds of teams racing every type of vehicle, from hot rods, roadsters and belly tankers to motorcycles, lakesters and streamliners. The event was also cancelled in 2014 due to rain, which marked the first cancellation since the ’90s.

SEMA News—October 2015


The All-New SEMA Emissions Laboratory

For many automotive specialty-equipment manufacturers, emissions certification is an essential step in developing and bringing new performance or engine-related products to market. In fact, emissions compliance is a legal requirement. It is illegal under both California and federal law to sell products that could impact emissions. However, parts makers can comply with these laws by proving that their products do not increase emissions and have been certified through the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Executive Order (E.O.) process. While this can seem expensive and confusing, especially to small manufacturers and industry newcomers, the SEMA Garage’s cutting-edge Emissions Compliance Center is here to help make the process easy and affordable.

SEMA News—October 2015


“Ask an Expert:” Schedule a Free One-on-One Meeting With an Intellectual Property, Tax Credit or Antitrust Expert

SEMA members have a unique opportunity to schedule a free one-on-one meeting with an expert on intellectual property rights (patent, trademarks, copyrights), tax credits or antitrust laws.
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