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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
5,173,333 12/21/1992 Apparatus and Method for Discharging Static Electricity on the Internal Surface of Plastic Pipe

Oren Tranbarger; Clarence R. McGinnis; David H. Strain

9,063,188 06/22/2015 Apparatus and Method for Identifying High Risk Non-Ceramic Insulators (NCI) with Conductive or High Permittivity Defects

Andrew John Phillips; Mark Major; Robert Carlton Lynch; Phillip Nathan Beverly; Sam Harrell

8,991,273 03/30/2015 Apparatus and Method for Inspecting High Voltage Insulators

Andrew John Phillips; Jason Cary Nave; Glynn Ray Bartlett; Cody Michael Porter; Ian Royappan Meinzen

7,501,814 03/09/2009 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Aircraft Wing Attachment Fittings Using Electric Current Perturbation

Clinton J. Thwing; Gary L. Burkhardt

5,892,162 04/05/1999 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Pipes and Tubes Using Guided Wave Probe

Robert L. Spinks; Joseph W. Brophy; Ronald H. Peterson

9,146,215 09/28/2015 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Tubes in a Boiler

Hegeon Kwun; Matthew Capps; James Crane; Stanley M. Walker

6,382,032 05/06/2002 Apparatus and Method for Measuring Flow of Gas with Entrained Liquids

Gregory J. Hatton; Steven J. Svedeman

9,488,678 11/08/2016 Apparatus and Method for Measuring Geomagnetically Induced Currents (GIC) in High Voltage Transmission Conductors

Andrew J. Phillips; Richard Lordan; J. M. Major

6,873,746 03/28/2005 Apparatus and Method for Monitoring a Cable

Andrew H. Stewart; K. Arun Pandey; Glenn M. Light; Richard F. Tennis; Bernard A. Clairmont; Edward A. Bloom; Keith A. Bartels

6,212,944 04/09/2001 Apparatus and Method for Monitoring Engine Conditions Using Magnetostrictive Sensors

Hegeon Kwun; Cecil M. Teller; Roy C. Meyer; Kendall R. Swenson