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: HOUSTON—Bristow Group Inc., a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced that Edward Chipman (Chip) Earle will join the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary effective July 30, 2012.
Earle comes to the Company with more than ten years of legal experience; six in the energy industry. Before joining Bristow, he served as assistant vice president, Global Legal, with Transocean Ltd., where he managed the worldwide operations legal team.
In this role, Earle was a member of the senior legal leadership team and advised executive management and the board of directors on legal issues related to the strategic and commercial aspects of joint ventures and other legal operations matters. He also served in the roles of general counsel for Transocean's Europe and Africa business unit as well as associate general counsel and corporate secretary. While working at Transocean, Earle lived in several locations including Houston, Grand Cayman, Paris and Geneva. Prior to Transocean, he was employed at Baker Botts LLP in Houston as a corporate and securities lawyer.
Earle started his legal career in Austin as a corporate and securities associate with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Earle received a master’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Texas.
In his new role, Earle will serve on Bristow's senior management team responsible for global legal operations, compliance and internal audit.
“We are delighted to have an individual with Chip's exceptional background and global business acumen join our team and I am sure that he will immediately contribute to the execution of our strategy and plans,” said Bristow Group chief executive William E. Chiles in a prepared statement. “His international and commercial experience with customer contractual and service agreements, combined with his background in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, U.S. securities matters and capital markets, is expected to be a major asset and we look forward to Chip contributing greatly to the Bristow team.”
Bristow Group Inc. is a provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated. Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the company has transportation operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.
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