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Pet Patents & Policy speed needed to win protection for your invention How do you know if a thoroughbred will grow up to be a superstar athlete on the race track? One woman’s invention helps provide the answer. Dr. Emmeline Hill discovered methods for unlocking genetic information about a horse by examining sequence variants of the equine myostatin gene. Her inventions are protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 9,249,470 and 8,771,943; and sold in genetic test kits from Plusvital to help predict factors such as a horses’ height, speed, and whether it may be better on dirt tracks or turf tracks.…
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the temperature inside a car on a 70 degrees F day can reach 99 degrees F in twenty minutes. So time is of the essence to free an animal from a locked hot car by breaking in to rescue it, but can you be a Good Samaritan to save the pet’s life without civil liability for damages to the vehicle entered? The answer is yes, if you live in one of the fourteen states that have laws on the books to protect anyone who takes action to save a life. Arizona, California,…
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the temperature inside a car on a 70 degrees F day can reach 99 degrees F in twenty minutes. So time is of the essence to free an animal from a locked hot car by breaking in to rescue it, but can you be a Good Samaritan to save the pet’s life without civil liability for damages to the vehicle entered? The answer is yes, if you live in one of the fourteen states that have laws on the books to protect anyone who takes action to save a life. Arizona, California,…
About a hundred years ago, the US horse population was reduced drastically when one million horses were sent to Europe to participate in World War I. A small number of the imported horses were used in cavalry units, but mainly they were used to transport goods and artillery to the battlefront. With such a large number of animals engaged in war, there were many injuries and illnesses to treat, overwhelming existing European veterinary services. In order to care for sick and wounded war animals, the International Red Star Alliance treaty was negotiated. It allowed personnel saving animals to have neutral…
About a hundred years ago, the US horse population was reduced drastically when one million horses were sent to Europe to participate in World War I. A small number of the imported horses were used in cavalry units, but mainly they were used to transport goods and artillery to the battlefront. With such a large number of animals engaged in war, there were many injuries and illnesses to treat, overwhelming existing European veterinary services. In order to care for sick and wounded war animals, the International Red Star Alliance treaty was negotiated. It allowed personnel saving animals to have neutral…
Tail Lights is the worlds first LED lighting safety system for horses. We’re covering the latest news of patent protection in pet products. 2019 has only just begun, but there are already equine innovations that have received U.S. design patent protection this year. One newly minted patent is for an LED lighting safety system for horses involving attachment of a set of strings of LED lights to a horse’s tail, developed in California. The illumination device can be used to increase the visibility of the horse if riding at night; in parades; or by officers on patrol. US Design Patent…
Tail Lights is the worlds first LED lighting safety system for horses. We’re covering the latest news of patent protection in pet products. 2019 has only just begun, but there are already equine innovations that have received U.S. design patent protection this year. One newly minted patent is for an LED lighting safety system for horses involving attachment of a set of strings of LED lights to a horse’s tail, developed in California. The illumination device can be used to increase the visibility of the horse if riding at night; in parades; or by officers on patrol. US Design Patent…
Working Animal Protection Act (WAPA) bills have been filed in five states so far for the spring 2019 legislative session. WAPA bills aim to protect legitimate and legal businesses utilizing working animals for purposes including transportation, ranching, service, education, entertainment and exhibition. The bills are in response to the patchwork of local bans of certain activities involving animals that have begun to appear across the U.S. Horse-drawn carriages have already been banned from thirteen U.S cities; and ban proposals are pending in seven more cities. The enacted bans are ostensibly for the benefit of the animals, but those businesses involved…
Working Animal Protection Act (WAPA) bills have been filed in five states so far for the spring 2019 legislative session. WAPA bills aim to protect legitimate and legal businesses utilizing working animals for purposes including transportation, ranching, service, education, entertainment and exhibition. The bills are in response to the patchwork of local bans of certain activities involving animals that have begun to appear across the U.S. Horse-drawn carriages have already been banned from thirteen U.S cities; and ban proposals are pending in seven more cities. The enacted bans are ostensibly for the benefit of the animals, but those businesses involved…
Can sea lions and rhinos paint? Yes they can, and zookeepers report that making art is an excellent enrichment activity for the animals. Besides adding an interesting and complex diversion from their daily routines, the abstract artwork the animals produce is sold to benefit projects and programs which help save endangered and threatened species from extinction www.stlzoo.org. Birds paint too – in Houston, a macaw named Denver holds a paintbrush in his beak to make art. Proceeds from sales of the parrot’s work are used to help save animals in the wild www.houstonzoo.org. Over at the Palm Beach…
Can sea lions and rhinos paint? Yes they can, and zookeepers report that making art is an excellent enrichment activity for the animals. Besides adding an interesting and complex diversion from their daily routines, the abstract artwork the animals produce is sold to benefit projects and programs which help save endangered and threatened species from extinction www.stlzoo.org. Birds paint too – in Houston, a macaw named Denver holds a paintbrush in his beak to make art. Proceeds from sales of the parrot’s work are used to help save animals in the wild www.houstonzoo.org. Over at the Palm Beach…
Standing an impressive 17.2 hands tall, champion thoroughbred mare Zenyatta was renouned for her 26’stride which helped her win more than $7,000,000 during her racing career. She was named after Zenyatta Mondatta, the title of a record album of The Police. The link between the famous rock band and the famous racehorse is Jerry Moss. He was the co-founder of A & M Records and is also the owner of the mare. Even though she is now retired and living on a privately owned farm, Zenyatta’s legacy continues through the Mosses’ charitable work that leverages her fame. During the annual…
Standing an impressive 17.2 hands tall, champion thoroughbred mare Zenyatta was renouned for her 26’stride which helped her win more than $7,000,000 during her racing career. She was named after Zenyatta Mondatta, the title of a record album of The Police. The link between the famous rock band and the famous racehorse is Jerry Moss. He was the co-founder of A & M Records and is also the owner of the mare. Even though she is now retired and living on a privately owned farm, Zenyatta’s legacy continues through the Mosses’ charitable work that leverages her fame. During the annual…