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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
6,766,693 07/27/2004 Averaged Guided Wave Inspection Technology For Ribbon Cable

Glenn M. Light; Ali Minachi; Kevin M. Carpenter

4,854,699 08/08/1989 Backscatter Oximeter

Reuben W. Edgar, Jr.;

4,514,691 04/30/1985 Baggage Inspection Apparatus & Method for Determining Presences of Explosives

Armando De Los Santos;James D. King;William L. Rollwitz;George A. Matzkanin;Phillip A. Hornung

5,571,522 11/05/1996 Bait with Corn Germ

Derrill Munson;Chel W. Lew;James M. Gaggero;Keith Branly

6,174,538 01/16/2001 Bait with Cucurbitacin

Keith L. Branly; James M. Gaggero; Chel W. Lew; Cathy S. Lamb

9,568,918 02/14/2017 Balloon System

William D. Perry

4,390,828 06/28/1983 Battery Charger Circuit

Merle E. Converse;Glenn T. Darilek

5,976,711 11/02/1999 Bearing Surfaces of Hypereutectic Alloys Modified to Increase Lubricant Effectiveness

Geoffrey Dearnaley

3,324,708 06/13/1967 Bearing Test Assembly with Rotary Cage Follower

Horace E. Staph;Walter A. Gunkel;George F. Munsch

7,495,447 02/24/2009 Benchtop Test System for Testing Spark Plug Durability

Terrence F. Alger II; Darius Mehta;Charles Edward Roberts Jr.