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

Michael A. Miller; Craig M. Wall

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

Jian Ling

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

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

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

Thomas E. Owen

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

Douglas N. Travers

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

5,358,994 10/24/1994 Thermoplastic Material for Production and Repair of Polymeric Products and Coating of Metals

William A. Mallow

10,677,460 06/09/2020 Thermite Bag for Chemical/Biological Agent Munition and Hazardous Waste Disposal System

Matthew S. Blais

6,587,612 06/30/2003 Thermally Actuated Spectroscopic Optical Switch

Joseph N. Mitchell; Martin Peter Wüest