Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: The law firm Thompson & Knight LLP named Armando Cavanha as president and chief executive officer of Thompson & Knight Global Energy Services LLC.
The Houston-based company, a subsidiary launched by Thompson & Knight in 2007, offers a range of specialized financial and consulting services to the energy industry.
Cavanha joins the company after 32 years of work in various positions at Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil company, and its related entities.
Throughout his career Cavanha has focused on procurement and supply chain matters, including most recently serving as president of Petronect, the e-procurement portal of Petrobras.
“Armando's technical knowledge and experience will prove invaluable to companies seeking strategic advantages in managing their own supply chain, as well as positioning themselves to do business with the largest international players,” said Jeffrey A. Zlotky, Thompson & Knight managing partner, in a prepared statement. “We are quite pleased to make his expertise available to our clients and other select companies in the energy industry.”
Cavanha frequently speaks to professional groups about procurement and supply chain-related topics, and has published four books and numerous articles on the subject. He has earned numerous professional and academic degrees in the engineering field, and has developed several patented software programs. Cavanha has served as a professor and guest lecturer at universities around the world, including as a Professor in the Logistics MBA Program at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro from 2001-2009.
Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, finance, banking, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, intellectual property, corporate governance, creditors' rights, real estate, labor, white collar defense, and environmental matters, among others. Thompson & Knight has approximately 350 attorneys with offices in Texas and New York and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.
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