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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
7,794,480 09/13/2010 Artificial Functional Spinal Unit System and Method for Use

Charles R. Gordon; Corey T. Harbold; Heather S. Hanson; Erik J. Wagner

3,755,825 09/03/1973 Artificial Heart Consisting of a Biventricular Pump with Control Mechanisms for Total Replacement of Human Heart

Michael E. DeBakey; William Hall

7,909,869 03/21/2011 Artificial Spinal Unit Assemblies

Charles R. Gordon; Corey T. Harbold; Heather S. Hanson

6,813,960 11/08/2004 Asymmetrical Column Assembly for High-Cycle Fatigue Test

Thomas E. Owen; David L. Davidson; John B. Campbell; Andrew Nagy

4,706,228 11/09/1987 Asymmetrical Lateral-Force Seismic Source Transducer

Thomas E. Owen; Edgar C. Schroeder

9,520,179 12/13/2016 Asynchronous Fifo Memory With Read and Write Counter Circuitry

Mark A. Johnson

10,354,845 07/16/2019 Atmospheric Pressure Pulsed Arc Plasma Source and Methods of Coating Therewith

Vasiliki Zorbas Poenitzsch; Ronghua Wei; Edward Langa; Kent E. Coulter

7,198,555 04/02/2007 Atomizer Cooling by Liquid Circulation Through Atomizer Tip Holder

Lee Dodge

5,285,521 02/07/1994 Audible Techniques for the Reception of Nondestructive Evaluation Information

Amos E. Holt; Kent D. Polk; Richard A. Cervantes

4,439,249 03/26/1984 Automated Cutting of Plate Steel

Gurvinder P. Singh; William D. Jolly