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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
3,574,404 04/12/1971 Digging Apparatus

Thomas J. Hogan

3,572,273 03/23/1971 Apparatus for Breaking a Layer of Ice on a Body of Water by Repetitive Combustive Explosions

Charles D. Wood

3,572,098 03/23/1971 Mass Measuring Instrument Spring System

Joseph W. Fogwell

3,556,236 01/19/1971 Detector Systems

William E. Cory;Raymond B. Wangler

3,527,197 09/08/1970 Indirect Blood Pressure Measurement

Ray W. Ware;Charles J. Laenger;Thomas E. Owen

3,524,815 08/18/1970 Lithium Bromide-Lithium Compositions for Absorption Refrigeration System

William E. Hensel, Jr.;William W. Harlowe, Jr.

3,508,266 04/21/1970 Solid State Commutator

Paul E. Martin

3,496,633 02/24/1970 Method of Producing an Improved Elastomeric Strain Gauge

Jarvis D. Michie;Leonard U. Rastrelli;Eugene L. Anderson

3,490,024 01/13/1970 Direction Finder

William M. Sherrill;Richard Lorenz

3,461,577 08/19/1969 Method of & Apparatus for Materials Displacing Material (REDSOD)

John M. Clark, Jr.;Robinson N. Brown;Roger H. Hemion