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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
6,553,319 04/28/2003 Unattended Liquid Sample Monitoring and Liquid Sample Storage System

Jerome A. Helffrich; William G. McBride Jr.

3,729,699 04/23/1973 Underwater Wet Electrical Connector

Edward M. Briggs; William E. Oakey; Rodgers E. Rimmer

4,984,738 01/14/1991 Unit Injector for Staged Injection

Knut Winquist

9,625,904 04/18/2017 Unmanned Ground/Aerial Vehicle System Having Autonomous Ground Vehicle that Remotely Controls One or More Aerial Vehicles

Ryan D. Lamm; Christopher I. Mentzer; Kristopher C. Kozak; Marc C. Alban; Jason C. Gassaway; Richard D. Garcia

7,821,446 10/25/2010 Unswitched, Ultra Low Power, Long Range Radar System

Rodney V. Landreth; William D. Davis; Robert W. Robison

10,161,283 12/25/2018 Urea Deposit Detection For Use With SCR Emissions Control System

Scott Eakle; Cary Henry; Phillip Weber

6,948,310 09/26/2005 Use of a Variable Valve Actuation System to Control the Exhaust Gas Temperature and Space Velocity of Aftertreatment System Feedgas

Charles E. Roberts Jr.; Andrew C. Mathaeus; David P. Branyon; Rudolf H. Stanglmaier; Lee G. Dodge; Thomas W. Ryan III; Daniel W. Stewart

8,720,184 05/12/2014 Use of Braking Energy to Augment Exhaust Heat for Improved Operation of Exhaust Aftertreatment Devices

Cynthia C. Webb; Karl J Kreder III

7,389,752 06/23/2008 Use of Engine Lubricant as Ignition Fuel for Micro-Pilot Ignition System of an Internal Combustion Engine

Terrence F. Alger II; Jess W. Gingrich; Stephen F. Hahne

7,748,976 07/05/2010 Use of Recirculated Exhaust Gas in a Burner-Based Exhuast Generation System for Reduced Fuel Consumption and for Cooling

Robert W. Burrahm; Michael G. Ross; Cynthia C. Webb; Suzanne A. Timmons; Gordon J. J. Bartley