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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
4,143,426 03/13/1979 Permanently Attached Artificial Limb

C. William Hall;William A. Mallow;Fred Otis Hoese

4,126,106 11/21/1978 Mixed Cycle Internal Combustion Engine

Julius E. Witzky

4,113,315 09/12/1978 Combustion Apparatus for Generating Repetitive Explosions

Rosser B. Melton, Jr.;John W. Colburn, Jr.;Charles D. Wood, III

4,100,491 07/11/1978 Automatic Self-Cleaning Ferromagnetic Metal Detector

Francis M. Newman, Jr.;H. Stanley Silvus, Jr.

4,096,945 06/27/1978 System for Injecting Particulate Material into the Combustion Chamber of a Repetitive Combustion Coating Apparatus

Rosser B. Melton;Elbert M. Hubbard

4,074,444 02/21/1978 Method & Apparatus for Communicating with People

Charles J. Laenger, Sr.;Sam R. McFarland;Harry H. Peel

4,030,939 06/21/1977 Cement Composition

William A. Mallow

4,030,347 06/21/1977 Biaxial Capacitance Strain Transducer

Elwood B. Norris;Lester M. Yeakley

4,026,145 05/31/1977 Hydraulic Grip for Tubular Mechanical Properties Specimen

Andrew Nagy;Ulric S. Lindholm;Lester M. Yeakley

4,022,857 05/10/1977 Production of Foamed Sulfur Compositions

John M. Dale;Allen C. Ludwig