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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
6,911,828 06/27/2005 Apparatus and Method for Detecting the Degradation of a Coating Using Embedded Sensors

Christopher S. Brossia; Darrell S. Dunn

5,753,806 05/18/1998 Apparatus and Method for Determining The Distribution and Flow Rate Characteristics of an Injection Nozzle

Thomas W. Ryan; Kendall R. Swenson

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

11,183,048 11/23/2021 Apparatus and Method for Identifying Ballistic Impact to Power Transmission Assets

Andrew John Phillips, James Wu, Drew Benton McGuire, J. Mark Major, Mark C. Webb

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