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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 1,400 U.S. patents. As part of a long-held tradition, patent rights arising from sponsored research at the Institute can be 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
6,683,311 01/26/2004 Deployable Particle Collector for Space Particle Instruments

Martin Peter Wüest

10,199,711 02/05/2019 Deployable Reflector Antenna

Christopher K. Walker; Ira Steve Smith Jr.

4,791,811 12/19/1988 Deposit Thickness Measurement

James G. Barbee

3,431,551 03/03/1969 Depth Measuring Ultrasonic Transceiver

William L. Rollwitz; Harvey S. Benson

5,243,865 09/13/1993 Dermal Exposure Testing Method and Apparatus Therefor

Jong-Ryng Hsu; David E. Camann; Kevin Villalobos

4,542,344 09/26/1985 Detecting Buried Pipeline Depth & Location with Electromagnetic Triangulation

Glenn T. Darilek; Edward H. Cooper

7,948,426 05/23/2011 Detection and Location of Radio Frequency Weapons from High Altitude Glider System

Alfred E. Pevler; Donald R. Van Rheeden; Le Moey Wiebush Jr.

9,638,667 05/02/2017 Detection of Coating Defects on Buried Pipelines Using Magnetic Field Variations Within the Pipeline

Jay L. Fisher; Pavan K. Shukla

7,623,068 11/23/2009 Detection of Deception Signal Used to Deceive Geolocation Receiver of a Satellite Navigation System

Luke Stephen Powell; Thomas Howard Jaeckle

10,657,443 05/19/2020 Detection of Hazardous Leaks from Pipelines Using Optical Imaging and Neural Network

Maria S. Araujo; Samantha G. Blaisdell; Daniel S. Davila; Edmond M. DuPont; Sue A. Baldor; Shane P. Siebenaler