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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 1,300 U.S. patents. As part of a long-held tradition, patent rights arising from sponsored research at the Institute are often 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 Legal Department at +1 210 522 6501.


Patent Number Date Of Issue Title of Invention Inventors
7,372,031 05/13/2008 System and Method for Sensitive Photon Detection

Stephen A. Cerwin; David B. Chang

9,692,529 06/27/2017 System and Method for Signal Emitter Identification Using Higher-Order Cumulants

Wayne D. Music; Ryan N. Wilson; Brian K. Anderson

7,466,827 12/29/2008 System and Method for Simulating Audio Communications Using a Computer Network

Kase J. Saylor; Gary L. Ragsdale; Jimmy R. Gaddy; Stephen R. Gray

9,470,514 10/18/2016 System and Method for Using Laser Scan Micrometer to Measure Surface Changes on Non-Concave Surfaces

Eric Liu; Sean C. Mitchem; Kerry J. McCubbin

9,869,216 01/16/2018 System and Method to Decrease Warmup Time of Coolant and Engine Oil in Engine Equipped with Cooled EGR

Terrence F. Alger II; Christopher J. Chadwell

6,704,660 03/09/2004 System and Method to Determine Thermophysical Properties of a Multi-Component Gas at Arbitrary Temperature and Pressure

Thomas E. Morrow; Kendricks A. Behring II

7,154,264 12/26/2006 System and Method Using a Collapsable Coil for Inspection of Pipelines Having Internal Restrictions

Gary L. Burkhardt; Alfred E. Crouch; Jay L. Fisher

8,838,273 09/16/2014 System for Autonomously Dispensing Media on Large Scale Surfaces

Paul Hvass; Paul Thomas Evans

6,340,360 01/22/2002 System for Cell Growth

Mark B. Lyles;Charles A. McLaughlin;Glenn A. Halff;William A. Mallow

5,868,176 02/09/1999 System for Controlling the Fill of Compressed Natural Gas Cylinders

Andre M. Barajas;John C. Buckingham;Steven Svedeman