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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
6,354,535 03/11/2002 Autonomous Stratospheric Airship

William D. Perry; Thomas H. Jaeckle; Lawrence E. Epley; Allan B. Black

10,432,729 10/01/2019 Autonomous Team Formation and Task Negotiation Among Unmanned Vehicles

Stephen J. Lemmer; Cameron R. Mott; Paul A. Avery

8,050,489 10/31/2011 Autoradiography-Based Differential Wear Mapping

Douglas C. Eberle; Craig M. Wall; Martin B. Treuhaft

6,442,495 08/26/2002 Average Signal to Noise Ratio Estimator

Arthur Fleming-Dahl

6,766,693 07/26/2004 Averaged Guided Wave Inspection Technology For Ribbon Cable

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

10,671,093 06/02/2020 Azimuthal Pointing System for Scientific Ballooning

Craig E. DeForest; Glenn T. Laurent; Jedediah H. Diller

4,854,699 08/07/1989 Backscatter Oximeter

Reuben W. Edgar, Jr.;

4,514,691 04/29/1985 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 11/04/1996 Bait with Corn Germ

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

6,174,538 01/15/2001 Bait with Cucurbitacin

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