An entity class must follow these requirements:
The class must have a public or protected, no-argument constructor. The class may have other constructors.
The class must not be declared final. No methods or persistent instance variables must be declared final.
If an entity instance be passed by value as a detached object, such as through a session bean’s remote business interface, the class must implement the Serializable interface.
Entities may extend both entity and non-entity classes, and non-entity classes may extend entity classes.
Persistent instance variables must be declared private, protected, or package-private, and can only be accessed directly by the entity class’s methods. Clients must access the entity’s state through accessor or business methods.