This website illustrates how Civil Engineers may make greater use of the Global Patent System to Promote Progress in their Field.
The American Founders included Patent Rights in the United States Constitution to Promote Progress.
UCSD:  The Powell Laboratories 
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      The numerous laboratories operating under the Charles Lee Powell Laboratories at the University of California, San Diego comprise a significant resource for creating civil engineering innovation in the United States.  Patenting the innovations developed at UCSD's Powell Laboratories could turn research discoveries into widespread industry practices.  Researchers may leverage the testing capabilities of the Powell Labs to produce intellectual property through a patenting plan focused on optimizing structural design.    

     The Powell Laboratories include a vast amount of testing equipment with great patenting potential:  a 50’ x 29.5’ strong wall having a structural depth of over 15', a 120’ x 50’ strong floor having a 14' structural depth, a 47’ x 13’ movable reaction tower, two 30’ high reaction walls, 29 actuators varying from 50k to 500k capacity, and dynamic testing equipment such as a Polytec Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer.  A modernized sensing, control, and hydraulic complex supports the testing equipment at the Powell Labs.      

     A patent plan integrated with Powell's other engineering goals could help to leverage UCSD's powerful testing tools to produce significant intellectual property, which only a handful of other civil engineering testing centers could possibly produce.  The Powell Laboratories may serve as the testing muscle to discover breakthrough designs for handling, for example, seismic loads, tension, compression, flexure, shear, torsion, fatigue, and fracture.  Powell’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, UCSD’s innovative civil engineering patents, underpinned by the vast testing resources of the Powell Laboratories, 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 UCSD via patent licensing agreements, thereby gaining access to the patented technology developed by the Powell Labs and using those patents to seize marketplace opportunities.  Due to its impressive testing capabilities, the Powell Laboratories would start in pole position for patenting efforts that build a commercially viable patent licensing portfolio.
A Possible Patenting Plan