Dallas Invents: 133 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 26 » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 11 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: •  American Airlines’ demand forecasting •  Avodah Labs’ automated sign language translation and communication •  Capital One’s techniques to leverage machine learning for SEO •  Olaeris’ landing guidance for remotely operated aerial vehicles •  Refocus Group’s scleral prosthesis for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders •  Swirlds’ apparatus for efficiently implementing a fast-copyable database •  Toyota’s system and method for Braille assistance •  Grizzly Home’s tornado-proof housing Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).  Texas Instrume...

Early one summer morning, Son Yo Auer, a Burger King employee in Richmond Hill, Georgia, found

Early one summer morning, Son Yo Auer, a Burger King employee in Richmond Hill, Georgia, found a naked man lying unconscious in front of the restaurant’s dumpsters. It was before dawn, but the man was sweating and sunburned. Fire ants crawled across his body, and a hot red rash flecked his skin. Auer screamed and ran inside. By the time police arrived, the man was awake, but confused. An officer filed an incident report indicating that a “vagrant” had been found “sleeping,” and an ambulance took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, where he was admitted on August 31, 2004, under the name “Burger King Doe.” Other than the rash, and cataracts that had left him nearly blind, Burger King Doe showed no sign of physical injury. He appeared to be a healthy white man in his middle fifties. His vitals were good. His blood tested negative for drugs and alcohol. His lab results were, a doctor wrote on his chart, “surprisingly within normal limits.” A long, unwashed beard and dirty fingernails suggested he had been living rough. But the only physical signs of previous trauma were three small depressions on his skull and some scars on his neck and his left arm. Psychologically, though,...