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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
7,372,031 05/12/2008 System and Method for Sensitive Photon Detection

Stephen A. Cerwin; David B. Chang

8,807,110 08/18/2014 System and Method for Sampling Fluid from Piston Top Land Crevice of Piston Engine

Mitchel A. Smolik; Dustin B. Kramer; Timothy L. Haby

7,557,570 07/06/2009 System and Method for Producing Color Contour Maps of Surface Defects of High Pressure Pipelines

Alfred E. Crouch; Todd Goyen; Patrick C. Porter; Shawn Laughlin

7,580,004 08/24/2009 System and Method for Position or Range Estimation, Tracking, and Selective Interrogation and Communication

Ralph E. Hayles, Jr.; James A. Moryl

8,378,922 02/18/2013 System and Method for Position or Range Estimation, Tracking and Selective Interrogation and Communication

Ralph E. Hayles Jr.; James A. Moryl

7,724,198 05/24/2010 System and Method for Path Alignment of Directional Antennas

Christopher Kipp Axton; Dean Alan Erdman

8,267,853 09/17/2012 System and Method for Overlaying Ultrasound Imagery on a Laparoscopic Camera Display

James Brian Fisher; Steven P. Bowers; Kent R. Van Sickle; Warren Carl Couvillion Jr.; Robert D. Wright; Jeremy W. Cannon

6,775,625 08/09/2004 System and Method for Nondestructive Testing Simulation

Gary L. Burkhardt; Jay L. Fisher; Eric C. Peterson

5,660,617 08/25/1997 System and Method for Maintaining Multiphase Flow With Minimal Solids Degradation

Gregory John Hatton

7,573,369 08/10/2009 System and Method for Interrogating and Locating a Transponder Relative to a Zone-of-Interest

Ralph E. Hayles, Jr.; James A. Moryl