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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 General Counsel’s Office at +1 210 522 5560.


Patent Number Date Of Issue Title of Invention Inventors
3,729,699 04/24/1973 Underwater Wet Electrical Connector

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

6,553,319 04/29/2003 Unattended Liquid Sample Monitoring and Liquid Sample Storage System

Jerome A. Helffrich;William G. McBride Jr.

6,586,745 07/01/2003 Ultraviolet Target Designator and Methodology

Ralph H. Hill Jr.;James R. Keys Jr.

3,289,468 12/06/1966 Ultrasonic Transducer Positioning Apparatus

William R. Van Der Veer;Walter Gunkel

5,195,373 03/23/1993 Ultrasonic Transducer for Extreme Temperature Environments

Glenn M. Light;Richard Cervantes;David G. Alcazar

3,585,577 06/15/1971 Ultrasonic Transceiver

William L. Rollwitz;Harvey S. Benson

5,001,932 03/26/1991 Ultrasonic Squirter

Glenn M. Light;William R. Van der Veer

4,299,128 11/10/1981 Ultrasonic Satellite-Pulse Technique for Characterizing Defects of Arbitrary Shape

George J. Gruber

4,435,984 03/13/1984 Ultrasonic Multiple-Beam Technique for Detecting Cracks in Bimetallic or Coarse-Grained Materials

George J. Gruber

3,276,249 10/04/1966 Ultrasonic Measuring Apparatus

James D. King