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BIO shares US Trade Representative's international patent concerns.

May 6, 2013

Following Office of U.S. Trade Representative's (USTR) release of Special 301 Report, BIO shared concern over weak IP enforcement efforts of foreign nations. Report details failings of India, China, Brazil, and Canada, among others, to provide adequate IP protection for biotechnology companies, or their adding of bureaucratic hurdles to patentability. Organization encouraged USTR, in recent Special 301 Submission, to perform out-of-cycle reviews of these countries' patent systems.  Read More

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North American EBCI indicates continued improvement in April.

May 6, 2013

NEMA's April 2013 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions indicates continuing improvement in business environment, rising to 66.7 from 65.9 in March. Confidence in future business conditions, however, declined in April but remains firmly in positive territory. Also, EBCI for North American conditions 6 months hence dropped to 80.6 from 90.9 in March. Read More

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Annual NCC Competition showcases construction talent.

May 6, 2013

On May 1–2, nearly 1,000 people will gather for National Craft Championships (NCC). Annual event, hosted by Associated Builders and Contractors, pits construction industry's top apprentices and trainees against each other to call attention to construction industry and 21st century job opportunities that are available. Event begins with in-depth, 2.5 hr written exam and continues with 6 hr hands-on performance test. Competitors begin training 9–12 months in advance to prepare. Read More

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AWEA Board of Directors names Tom Kiernan as new CEO.

May 6, 2013

American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Board of Directors, via unanimous vote, announced that Tom Kiernan has been named as Chief Executive Officer. Kiernan has served as President of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) since 1998 and will assume his new role on May 28. In comment, AWEA Board of Directors Chair Tom Carnahan praised Kiernan's "bipartisan, practical experience at the national and state levels as well as in small, rural communities." Read More

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ASABE revises standard for peanut drying systems.

May 6, 2013

ASABE's revised standard, ASAE S488.1, Energy Efficiency of Peanut Drying Systems, includes updated reference information as noted in most recent periodic review of the document. This is the first revision of the standard since its initial publication in 1990. Members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access full-text via electronic download on ASABE online Technical Library. Read More

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NIST announces plan to sponsor first cybersecurity FFRDC.

May 3, 2013

To help the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence address industry's needs more efficiently, NIST will sponsor its first Federally Funded Research and Development Center. FFRDCs are independent nonprofit organizations that operate in public interest and provide a highly efficient way to leverage and rapidly assemble physical resources and scientific and engineering talent, both public and private. They have no bias toward any particular company, technology, or product. Read More

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RIA releases position on Florida HB 909.

May 3, 2013

RIA has announced its support of Florida House Bill 909, which addresses the practice of Assignment of Benefits. RIA believes that the use of an AOB is in the best interest of the policy holder, and any prohibition will result in delaying work needed for proper restoration of damage. Current language in HB 909 has the potential to allow insurance providers to remove the rights of consumers to assign benefits within policies and RIA recommends that this language be eliminated in its entirety. Read More

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IREC updates Model Interconnection Procedures for power grid.

May 3, 2013

IREC update to Model Interconnection Procedures addresses Pre-Application Report for developers, use of location-specific criteria during interconnections, establishing timeframes for technical criteria during Supplemental Review Process, and electronic signatures. Update also includes footnotes with key provisions and information on state alternatives. Procedures specify technical requirements, timeframes, fees, and review process for connecting renewable energy systems to utility grid. Read More