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.
University of Michigan
Top Innovators
      As illustrated above, the University of Michigan may leverage the capabilities of its robust testing facilities, such as the Structural Engineering Laboratory and the Advanced Civil Engineering Materials Research Laboratory, to create intellectual property through a patenting plan focused on optimizing structural design.  Large construction, engineering, and architectural firms would most likely welcome teaming with Michigan via patent licensing agreements, thereby gaining access to the patented civil engineering technology developed at the University's testing facilities, and using those patents to seize marketplace opportunities.
A Possible Patenting Plan