Civil engineering and construction patents
Innovations in the field of civil engineering and construction are brought about by the need to meet or exceed existing building standards, shorten lead times, minimise cost and maintain the safety of the generally capital-intensive construction projects. In Australia, civil engineering ranks among the top 5 industries for filing patent applications in 2018.
So long as your civil engineering or construction industry technology is new and inventive, it should be patentable in any country around the world. In relation to protection of technologies involved in large projects, it is difficult to maintain confidentiality; thus, an early patent filing date is particularly important.
Benefits and challenges of filing civil engineering and construction patent applications
One of the challenges in filing civil engineering patent applications, or all Australian patent applications for that matter, is that a limited number of people are aware of how the patent process works and the benefits that intellectual property rights provide.
Some people have the misconception that patent grant is the ultimate goal of the patent application; if they cannot see the benefits that patents impart to their business, the less likely it is for them to go through the process and expense of filing a patent application.
At Baxter IP, the client can maximise the advantages of the patent application through our FastCircle Innovation Group, which goes beyond the drafting, prosecution and filing of the patent application and offers the resources of a full-service firm so that innovations can proceed from drafting, filing, grant, commercialisation and product manufacture. Importantly, issues such as patent enforcement against infringement, patent litigation and dispute resolution can be handled by our subsidiary law firm, Interface Legal.
Examples of granted civil engineering and construction patent applications
|Building construction systems||
|Prefabricated building systems||
Pan, Margarett MRS; Sunrise Smart Built-IT Co. Ltd.
|Methods of construction||
Neil, Peter Mervyn
DALF Enterprises Pty Ltd
|Heating & cooling systems||
Yuan, Xianyang MR
|Concrete compositions & building materials||
Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd.
|Underground pipe installation||
Tracto-Technik GmbH & Co. KG
Nowland, Denis Alfred
|Rail infrastructure & rolling stock||
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
|Power distribution infrastructure||
Redarc Technologies Pty Ltd
GTL Renewable Pty Ltd
|Recycled bulk materials||
Clyde Process Limited
Sayfa R&D Pty Ltd