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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
4,126,106 11/20/1978 Mixed Cycle Internal Combustion Engine

Julius E. Witzky

4,143,426 03/12/1979 Permanently Attached Artificial Limb

C. William Hall; William A. Mallow; Fred Otis Hoese

4,160,386 07/09/1979 Ultrasonic Inspection System Including Apparatus and Method for Tracking and Recording the Location of and Inspection Probe

Jerry L. Jackson; Theodore L. Allen; Wayne T. Flach; William D. Jolly; Steve A. Cerwin

4,163,477 08/06/1979 Method & Apparatus for Closing Underwater Wells

John L. Johnson; Billy W. Vanzant

4,165,649 08/27/1979 Apparatus & Method for Ultrasonic Inspection of Highly Attenuative Materials

Amos S. Greer, Jr.

4,166,972 09/03/1979 NMR Discrimination Apparatus and Method Therefor

William L. Rollwitz; James D. King; George A. Matzkanin

4,168,860 09/24/1979 Multi-Purpose Convertible Seat Construction

Luis R. Garza; William J. Astleford

4,173,455 11/05/1979 Fire-Safe Hydrocarbon Fuels

George E. Fodor; William D. Weatherford; Bernard R. Wright

4,181,943 12/31/1979 Speed Control Device for Trains

Lloyd I. Mercer, Sr.; Steven B. Hugg

4,194,574 03/24/1980 Draft Power Sensor & Method for Improving Performance in Earth-Moving Equipment

Harvey S. Benson; Charles D. Wood