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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
4,514,691 04/29/1985 Baggage Inspection Apparatus & Method for Determining Presences of Explosives

Armando De Los Santos; James D. King; William L. Rollwitz; George A. Matzkanin; Phillip A. Hornung

5,571,522 11/04/1996 Bait with Corn Germ

Derrill Munson; Chel W. Lew; James M. Gaggero; Keith Branly

6,174,538 01/15/2001 Bait with Cucurbitacin

Keith L. Branly; James M. Gaggero; Chel W. Lew; Cathy S. Lamb

9,568,918 02/14/2017 Balloon System

William D. Perry

4,390,828 06/27/1983 Battery Charger Circuit

Merle E. Converse; Glenn T. Darilek

5,976,711 11/01/1999 Bearing Surfaces of Hypereutectic Alloys Modified to Increase Lubricant Effectiveness

Geoffrey Dearnaley

3,324,708 06/12/1967 Bearing Test Assembly with Rotary Cage Follower

Horace E. Staph; Walter A. Gunkel; George F. Munsch

7,495,447 02/23/2009 Benchtop Test System for Testing Spark Plug Durability

Terrence F. Alger II; Darius Mehta; Charles Edward Roberts Jr.

9,557,307 01/31/2017 Beverage Diagnostic and Preservation Devices and Methods

Russell W. Greene; Daniel B. Lipton; David J. Trettin; Trent J. Kahute; James H. Wood; Jerome A. Helffrich; David J. Postell; Bob Vanecek

6,608,714 08/18/2003 Bi-Directional , Single Material Thermal Actuator

Heather S. Hanson; Joseph N. Mitchell