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Storm Suppression and Intellectual Property: Wednesday’s Show (March 16, 2016)

A comprehensive study is underway to examine how to best protect Greater Houston from the next big storm. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about the storm surge suppression study from Robert Eckels, former Harris County Judge and president of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. Then, Edel Howlin talks with […]

A comprehensive study is underway to examine how to best protect Greater Houston from the next big storm. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about the storm surge suppression study from Robert Eckels, former Harris County Judge and president of the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District.

Then, Edel Howlin talks with Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush about a pair of coastal plans he’s proposed to address critical needs before the next big storm hits and his decision to form a coastal resiliency advisory group.

Also this hour: Michelle K. Lee is the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which oversees issuing patents for ideas and inventions and registers trademarks. Lee was in Houston last week (March 11, 2016) to visit NASA, and to speak with University of Houston researchers and community entrepreneurs. She tells Michael Hagerty about the challenges her office faces in a world of digital communication and global trade, and about Houston’s unique place in the world of intellectual property as the home of so many oil and gas, petrochemical and engineering firms.

Plus: A Houston affiliate of a service called Rent the Chicken is making it easier for suburbanites to become backyard farmers. Ed and Diane Roberson, known in the Rent the Chicken world as “Homestead Ed and Diane” will rent you two or four egg-laying hens, a coop, chicken feed and more. Rentals are for six months and include free delivery within 50 miles of Katy. Paige Phelps reports.

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