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Georgia Tech:  Structures and Materials Laboratory 
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      The Structures and Materials Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology ranks as a leading resource for civil engineering innovation in the United States.  Patenting innovation developed at the Structures and Materials Laboratory could provide a link to turn lab discoveries into widespread industry practices.  The Structures and Materials Laboratory can leverage the capabilities of some of its robust testing resources to produce intellectual property through a patenting plan focused on optimizing structural design.    

     The Structures and Materials Laboratory includes a vast amount of testing equipment with great patenting potential:  numerous Universal Testing Machines ranging from relatively small capacities to up to 400,000 lbs, and also an L-shaped reaction wall having capacities from 100,000 to 300,000 lbs.  Georgia Tech also possesses significant additional testing capabilities including infrared thermography, nondestructive testing (optics), and a laser scanning confocal microscope.  The sum of these testing resources puts Georgia Tech into an elite group of American R&D centers for civil engineering.    

     A patent plan integrated with the Laboratory’s other engineering goals could help to leverage Georgia Tech’s powerful testing tools to produce significant intellectual property.  Experts may use the resources of the Structures and Materials Laboratory to discover breakthrough designs for handling, for example, seismic loads, tension, compression, flexure, shear, torsion, fatigue, and fracture.  The Laboratory’s capability to furnish solid testing data would significantly strengthen civil engineering patent claims.  The key lies in directing patent attorneys trained in civil engineering technologies to prepare and file patent applications prior to publicly revealing laboratory results.    

     In contrast to many junk patents flooding the U.S. and global intellectual property systems, Georgia Tech’s innovative civil engineering patents, underpinned by the significant testing resources of the Structures and Materials Laboratory, would advance progress in the field.  Claiming optimal designs that shave off construction costs and enable formerly “impossible” architecture from which rivals may be excluded would provide cost and competitive edges absolutely in demand in the marketplace.  Large construction, engineering, and architectural firms would likely welcome teaming with Georgia Tech via patent licensing agreements, thereby gaining access to the patented technology developed by the Structures and Materials Laboratory and using those patents to seize marketplace opportunities.  Due to its significant testing capabilities, the Structures and Materials Laboratory would start in pole position for efforts geared toward building a valuable patent licensing portfolio.
A Possible Patenting Plan