Dallas Invents: 164 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 8 » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: •  Your Command’s apparatus for electronically searching for an item •  University of Texas’ kit for external fixators for bone realignment •  LapKing Holdings’ method of tracking a vehicle’s course •  Capital One’s social home buying system •  Excentus Corporation’s system of influencing customer behavior •  Flashscan3D’s biometric image sensor with spoofing detection •  Tango’s identification of a vehicle driver based on driving behavior •  1A Smart Start’s automated calibration station for ignition interlock devices •  Bank of America’s “Message spinning engine” to create or manage a queue •  Audatex North America’s predictive estimate for a damaged vehicle Audatex North America’s patent filing shows drawings that illustrate its predictive estimate for a damaged vehicle. Part of the Westlake-based Solera portfolio of companies, Audatex is a provider of automotive claims, underwriting, and information solutions. The company serves insurance carriers, repair shops, government agencies, and others. [Ba...

Despite the efforts of the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to bring the Toyota

Despite the efforts of the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to bring the Toyota TS050 Hybrids and the non-hybrid LMP1s closer together through its Equivalence of Technology formula, it’s clear it will take serious misfortune to hit the overwhelming favourites for SMP or Rebellion to even get a sniff of a challenge for outright honours. Even if the Russian and Swiss teams could equal Toyota’s one-lap pace, the Japanese brand’s faster pitstops, longer stints and better traffic management with the help of its hybrid boost are once again expected to yield an advantage of several laps over a 24-hour period. If Toyota manages to stay out of trouble, it will be up to SMP and Rebellion to provide the real fireworks in the top category. Both teams were relatively evenly-matched in qualifying, with especially SMP having made significant steps with its BR Engineering BR1 challenger since last year. In qualifying SMP driver Egor Orudzhev handed his team a third place on the grid with a best effort of 3m16.159s, just two tenths quicker than Rebellion’s Gustavo Menezes. Marrying its turbocharged AER power unit to an aggressive low-downforce package, the two Dallara-built ca...