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The University of Illinois:  Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory
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      The Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory (NSEL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign ranks as a leading resource for developing civil engineering innovation in the United States.  Patenting the innovations created at Newmark could turn laboratory discoveries into widespread industry practices.  University researchers may leverage the NSEL's testing resources to produce intellectual property through a patenting plan focused on optimizing structural design.    

     The Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory includes a vast amount of testing equipment with great patenting potential, including numerous Universal Testing Machines, some of which may run tests of several hundred thousand pounds, as well as equipment capable of running in-depth fracture and fatigue testing, full size testing, and seismic testing.  In addition to a testing floor comprising an enormous concrete box girder, the NSEL also possesses significant support resources such as strong data acquisition, machining, and hydraulic power capabilities, and numerous sensors, actuators, and testing members.    

     A patent plan integrated with Newmark’s other engineering goals could help to leverage the laboratory's powerful testing tools to produce significant intellectual property.  Researchers may use the NSEL to discover breakthrough designs for handling, for example, seismic loads, tension, compression, flexure, shear, torsion, fatigue, and fracture.  The Newmark Structural Engineering 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, Illinois could produce innovative civil engineering patents, underpinned by the significant testing resources of the Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory.  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 Illinois via patent licensing agreements, thereby gaining access to the patented technology developed by the NSEL and using those patents to seize marketplace opportunities.  Due to its impressive testing capabilities, the Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory could build its own commercially viable patent licensing portfolio.
A Possible Patenting Plan