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: DALLAS—Patricia Stanton, a commercial real estate lawyer, has been named partner in charge of the Dallas office of Baker Botts LLP, effective July 1 of this year.
She will succeed Jack Kinzie, who oversaw the office since 1998.
Stanton is the firm-wide real estate section chair, as well as the Dallas office global projects department chair. During her 26 years with the firm, she has represented owners, investors and developers of commercial real estate in the United States and internationally. She represents sponsors in the formation of real estate funds and developers in nearly every aspect of commercial real estate development including land acquisition, negotiation of tenant leases, structuring and negotiation of debt and equity financing and construction contracts and management agreements. These projects include first-class office buildings, hotels, condominiums, major retail centers and mixed-use properties.
“Pat's complex transactional practice, along with her knowledge and experience, is a true compliment to the Dallas office,” said Baker Botts’ managing partner Andrew M. Baker. “She is also the first woman to be named Dallas Partner in Charge and the second to hold a managerial position at this level at the firm.”
Stanton earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she was an editor of the Cleveland State Law Review. In addition to her experience at Baker Botts, Stanton has held many leadership positions within the Dallas community. She is a past chairman of the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, and has served on the board of directors for Commercial Real Estate Women, serving as president in 1996, and on the board of trustees for the Dallas Women's Foundation.
“The tradition of providing exceptional service to our clients will continue to be upheld through all efforts of the Dallas office,” said Stanton. “I look forward to this leadership role.”
Dallas is home to more than 130 Baker Botts lawyers.
Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe.
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