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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
4,011,179 03/07/1977 Continuous Sulfur Foam Preparation Using Polyisocyanates

Gar Lok Woo; John M. Dale; Allen C. Ludwig

4,011,886 03/14/1977 Sleeve Valve

Charles D. Wood

4,022,857 05/09/1977 Production of Foamed Sulfur Compositions

John M. Dale; Allen C. Ludwig

4,026,145 05/30/1977 Hydraulic Grip for Tubular Mechanical Properties Specimen

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

4,030,939 06/20/1977 Cement Composition

William A. Mallow

4,030,347 06/20/1977 Biaxial Capacitance Strain Transducer

Elwood B. Norris; Lester M. Yeakley

4,074,444 02/20/1978 Method & Apparatus for Communicating with People

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

4,096,945 06/26/1978 System for Injecting Particulate Material into the Combustion Chamber of a Repetitive Combustion Coating Apparatus

Rosser B. Melton; Elbert M. Hubbard

4,100,491 07/10/1978 Automatic Self-Cleaning Ferromagnetic Metal Detector

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

4,113,315 09/11/1978 Combustion Apparatus for Generating Repetitive Explosions

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