CIVIL ENGINEERING & PATENT LAW  
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.
Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory:  Patenting Potential
Top Innovators
      As illustrated above, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation may leverage the capabilities of the significant testing facilities of the Materials Engineering and Research Laboratory (MERL) to promote the progress of hydrological infrastructure in the American West.  Patenting the innovative discoveries made at the MERL's many laboratories may create valuable intellectual property that the Bureau of Reclamation and its partners across the private sector, public sector, and academia may leverage to further strengthen the infrastructure on which the western states depend for their hydrological needs.