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Purdue:  The Bowen Laboratory
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     The Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research at Purdue University may rank as the leading modernized large-scale testing facility in the world.  Patenting the innovations developed at the Bowen Laboratory could provide the link that turns lab discoveries into widespread industry practices.  Bowen may leverage the capabilities of its vast array of large-scale testing resources to produce intellectual property through a patenting plan focused on optimizing structural design.    

     The Bowen Lab comprises an incredible amount of large-scale testing equipment within its 66,000 ft2 floor plan (with up to 54' clear ceiling height):  numerous large-capacity actuators, two 30-metric ton overhead cranes, a 48' x 60' L-shaped strong wall having a 40' height, and a 83' x 146' x 14' strong floor.  In addition to a fully modernized support complex for testing, the Bowen Laboratory also includes testing capabilities such as cyber-physical testing equipment and a six degree of freedom shake table.  Such immense and state-of-the-art testing capabilities may put Purdue at the top of an elite group of American R&D centers for civil engineering, particularly for large-scale testing.     

     A patent plan integrated with the Laboratory’s other engineering goals could help to leverage Purdue’s powerful testing tools to produce significant intellectual property, which only a handful of other civil engineering testing centers could even begin to produce.  Purdue researchers may use the Bowen Laboratory to discover breakthrough designs for handling, for example, seismic loads, tension, compression, flexure, shear, torsion, fatigue, and fracture.  Bowen’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, Purdue’s innovative civil engineering patents, underpinned by the impressive large-scale testing resources of the Bowen Laboratory, would stand apart.  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 Purdue via patent licensing agreements, thereby gaining access to the patented technology developed by the Bowen Laboratory and using those patents to seize marketplace opportunities.  Due to its impressive large-scale testing capabilities, the Bowen Laboratory would start in pole position in an effort geared toward building a valuable patent licensing portfolio.
A Possible Patenting Plan