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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
4,498,231 02/11/1985 Thin Film Strain Transducer

James L. Rand

4,425,808 01/16/1984 Thin Film Strain Transducer

James L. Rand

3,093,827 06/10/1963 Three Loop Direction Finder Antenna for Shipboard Use

Douglas N. Travers

5,302,782 04/11/1994 Three-Component Borehole Wall-Locking Seismic Detector

Thomas E. Owen

10,988,724 04/27/2021 Three-Dimensional Bioreactor for Cell Expansion and Related Applications

Jian Ling; Jeffrey N. Harris; Michael J. Rubal

11,149,244 10/19/2021 Three-Dimensional Bioreactor for T-Cell Activation and Expansion for Immunotherapy

Jian Ling

6,756,141 06/28/2004 Three-Electrode Fuel Cell

Michael A. Miller; Craig M. Wall

10,316,970 06/11/2019 TI---SI---C---N Piston Ring Coatings

Jianliang Lin; Ronghua Wei; Peter Mark Lee; Daniel Christopher Bitsis, Jr.

9,523,146 12/20/2016 TI-SI-C-N Piston Ring Coatings

Jianliang Lin; Ronghua Wei; Peter Mark Lee and Daniel Christopher Bitsis Jr.

5,463,220 10/30/1995 Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer Ion Source, and Methods of Preparing a Sample For Mass Analysis and of Mass Analyzing A Sample

David T. Young; Jill T. Marshall; Emile A. Schweikert; Melvin A. Park