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.
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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
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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: AUSTIN—Ryan Law, a national firm specializing in corporate tax litigation, announced that Mark W. Eidman has joined the firm as a senior partner based in the Austin office.
He will also maintain his position as principal at Ryan LLC, a tax services firm headquartered in Dallas.
Eidman has represented corporate clients in hundreds of administrative appeals and court cases and has litigated some of the largest state and local tax cases in the country. He has experience in franchise, income, insurance, motor fuel, motor vehicle, property, sales and use, and severance taxes.
He has also advised numerous companies in the structuring of transactions and has worked to draft or implement legislation for the transportation, financial services, leasing, petrochemical, retail, semiconductor, and telecom industries. During his 35-year career, Eidman has been involved in administrative proceedings and court cases in more than 40 states and currently has the largest volume of pending tax cases before the State of Texas.
Prior to joining Ryan Law, Eidman was a partner at an Austin trial law firm, where he led the tax practice. He also previously served as director of the hearings division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, supervising all of the contested tax assessments in Texas.
Eidman has achieved industry recognition as a strategic thought leader and is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax topics for the Council On State Taxation (COST), the Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT), the Tax Executives Institute (TEI), and many other tax-industry associations. He has served as chairman of the Texas Comptroller's industry liaison. Eidman is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas School of Law.
“Mark's unparalleled success handling corporate tax disputes will be a tremendous asset to our clients,” said Ryan Law managing partner Kory L. Ryan in a prepared statement. “Having the foremost tax attorney in Texas join our firm represents a significant milestone in our strategy to acquire and retain the industry's top legal talent.”
“I am proud to join Ryan Law's impressive team of innovative tax lawyers in support of their mission to build the preeminent tax law firm in North America,” Eidman said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to provide our clients first-rate legal services and unsurpassed results.”
Ryan Law is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Dallas and Chicago. Founded by tax and trial lawyers, the firm handles a variety of complex tax litigation matters, with an emphasis on all levels of tax recovery, audit defense, and tax appeals for many Fortune 500 companies.
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