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Intellectual Property

We recognize the importance of intellectual property whether through a patent, licensing of software, copyright, invention disclosures, trademarks, or trade secrets.


Since 1947 we have earned more than 1,300 U.S. patents. As part of a long-held tradition, patent rights arising from sponsored research at the Institute are often assigned to the client. SwRI generally retains the rights to Institute-funded advancements. We also help clients pursue patents for their sponsored research. If you are interested in licensing SwRI IP, contact our General Counsel’s Office at +1 210 522 5560.


Patent Number Date Of Issue Title of Invention Inventors
9,520,179 12/13/2016 Asynchronous Fifo Memory With Read and Write Counter Circuitry

Mark A. Johnson 

10,354,845 07/16/2019 Atmospheric Pressure Pulsed Arc Plasma Source and Methods of Coating Therewith

Vasiliki Zorbas Poenitzsch; Ronghua Wei; Edward Langa; Kent E. Coulter

7,198,555 04/03/2007 Atomizer Cooling by Liquid Circulation Through Atomizer Tip Holder

Lee Dodge

5,285,521 02/08/1994 Audible Techniques for the Reception of Nondestructive Evaluation Information

Amos E. Holt;Kent D. Polk;Richard A. Cervantes

4,439,249 03/27/1984 Automated Cutting of Plate Steel

Gurvinder P. Singh;William D. Jolly

5,539,649 07/23/1996 Automated Design and Manufacture of Artificial Limbs

Harry Grothus;Keith S. Pickens;Mark Muller;Nicholas Walsh;Virgil Faulkner

7,979,288 07/12/2011 Automated Interpretation of Medical Prescription Text

Jeff Wilkinson; William Arensman; Nathan Price; John Madrid; Keith Pickens

4,719,407 01/12/1988 Automated Search Apparatus for Locating Leaks in Geomembrane Liners

Merle E. Converse;David W. Shultz

7,180,970 02/20/2007 Automatic Link Establishment Using External Synchronization

Thomas L. Warnagiris; Gary L. Ragsdale

4,830,017 05/16/1989 Automatic Positioning System for Continuous Blood Pressure Monitor Transducer

William D. Perry;Dean C. Winter