Civil Engineering and Construction Patents

Patent protection is essential for protecting civil engineering and construction inventions which often have significant development lifecycles. For infrastructure projects, for example, patents can provide protection during the initial stages of disclosing the concept in order to have it approved by a range of entities including governments and statutory bodies. Patents are more typically utilised in the context of the construction industry, however, in protecting new construction systems, tools, fittings and software.

What’s patentable?

So long as your civil engineering or construction industry technology is new and inventive, it will be patentable in any country around the world. In relation to protection of large projects as a whole, it is difficult to maintain confidentiality, so an early patent filing date is particularly important.

Examples of Civil Engineering and Construction Patent applications

  • Building construction systems patent applications
  • Prefabricated building systems patent applications
  • Methods of construction patent applications
  • Safety apparatus patent applications
  • Heating and cooling systems patent applications
  • Lifting apparatus patent applications
  • Concrete compositions and building materials patent applications
  • Structural engineering patent applications
  • Underground pipe installation patent applications
  • Building components patent applications
  • Rail infrastructure and rolling stock patent applications
  • Power distribution infrastructure patent applications
  • Cleantech patent applications
  • Recycled bulk materials patent applications
  • Safety apparatus patent applications

What are the key regions for Civil Engineering and Construction Patents?

  • USA – Largest market in the world that is closest to the style of the Australian market, so that improvements in building or other infrastructure construction will often translate from the Australian market to the US market.
  • China – Biggest world economy continually undertaking substantial infrastructure projects and quite open to innovative construction technology.
  • Middle East – As we can protect 6 countries in a single Gulf Cooperation Council patent application and these countries expend large amounts on infrastructure yet have a requirement for high quality and innovative developments.
  • Europe – Over 20 countries can be protected by a single European patent application and this forms the 3rd largest economic region in the world.
  • Australia – Particularly if this is your pilot market and the infrastructure is required in fields that are related to commercial projects like mining, education, health, transport and telecommunications.