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4 Things You Need to Know About the European Patent Procedure

4 Things You Need to Know About the European Patent Procedure

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Filing a patent in Europe is not easy, but it does remain an excellent way to protect your invention or innovation. Patent law is often complex, and if you are not used to dealing with this area it may help to get a professional on board to guide you through the process. But in the beginning, here are some key details concerning the patent procedure that you need to know. Not All Inventions Are Patentable Even if you believe your invention is worthy of a patent, the reality may be that by law it will not be accepted by the patent office in Europe. In order to be patentable, an invention must be new. This sounds obvious, but the definition of new can be complex. It must also feature an inventive step that is not obvious to a person who is termed an expert in the field. It must ...
New California Car Seat Law Takes Effect In January 2017

New California Car Seat Law Takes Effect In January 2017

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Partially for education reasons and partially for enforcement reasons, lawmakers made the existing child restraint law much more specific. The current Vehicle Code 27360 requires children under 8 to be in the back seat and to be restrained in "an appropriate child passenger restraint system meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards," a vague phrase that is almost impossible to enforce and also gives parents almost no guidance as to what kind of restraint is appropriate for what ages and sizes. The new law uses the 2-40-40 rule: children under 2 who weigh less than 40 pounds and are less than 40 inches (3'3") tall must be in rear-facing car seats. Children from 2 to 8 must be in front-facing car or booster seats; children over 8 can sit buckled in the rear seat if ...