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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
9,797,349 10/24/2017 Combined Steam Reformation Reactions and Water Gas Shift Reactions for On-Board Hydrogen Production in an Internal Combustion Engine

Cary A. Henry

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

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

8,776,760 07/14/2014 Combustion Chamber for Fuel Injected Engines

Chad H. Stovell

7,562,649 07/20/2009 Combustion Control System Based on In-Cylinder Condition

Jayant V. Sarlashkar; Shizuo Sasaki; Gary D. Neely

7,831,374 11/08/2010 Combustion Control System for Internal Combustion Engine with Rich and Lean Operating Conditions

Shizuo Sasaki; Gary D. Neely; Jayant V. Sarlashkar

3,880,568 04/28/1975 Combustion Method & Apparatus for Generating Repetive Explosions

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

5,178,119 01/11/1993 Combustion Process and Fuel Supply System for Engines

Nigel F. Gale

10,945,262 03/08/2021 Communication Protocol Overlay

Chenchen Jimmy Li; Marvin Sojka; Paul Struhsaker

9,613,789 04/04/2017 Compact Dual Ion Composition Instrument

Mihir I. Desai; Keiichi Ogasawara; David J. McComas; Stefano Livi

8,085,301 12/26/2011 Compact Handheld Detector for Greenhouse Gasses

Ralph Henry Hill Jr.; Joseph Nathan Mitchell