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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
7,724,198 05/25/2010 System and Method for Path Alignment of Directional Antennas

Christopher Kipp Axton; Dean Alan Erdman

8,378,922 02/19/2013 System and Method for Position or Range Estimation, Tracking and Selective Interrogation and Communication

Ralph E. Hayles Jr.; James A. Moryl

7,580,004 08/25/2009 System and Method for Position or Range Estimation, Tracking, and Selective Interrogation and Communication

Ralph E. Hayles, Jr.; James A. Moryl

7,557,570 07/07/2009 System and Method for Producing Color Contour Maps of Surface Defects of High Pressure Pipelines

Alfred E. Crouch;Todd Goyen;Patrick C. Porter;Shawn Laughlin

8,807,110 08/19/2014 System and Method for Sampling Fluid from Piston Top Land Crevice of Piston Engine

Mitchel A. Smolik; Dustin B. Kramer; Timothy L. Haby

7,372,031 05/13/2008 System and Method for Sensitive Photon Detection

Stephen A. Cerwin; David B. Chang

9,692,529 06/27/2017 System and Method for Signal Emitter Identification Using Higher-Order Cumulants

Wayne D. Music; Ryan N. Wilson; Brian K. Anderson

7,466,827 12/29/2008 System and Method for Simulating Audio Communications Using a Computer Network

Kase J. Saylor; Gary L. Ragsdale; Jimmy R. Gaddy; Stephen R. Gray

9,470,514 10/18/2016 System and Method for Using Laser Scan Micrometer to Measure Surface Changes on Non-Concave Surfaces

Eric Liu; Sean C. Mitchem; Kerry J. McCubbin

9,869,216 01/16/2018 System and Method to Decrease Warmup Time of Coolant and Engine Oil in Engine Equipped with Cooled EGR

Terrence F. Alger II; Christopher J. Chadwell