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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
1,793 04/06/1999 Thermal Transient Test Thermal Transient Test System

R.H. Peterson;K.S. Pickens

6,587,612 07/01/2003 Thermally Actuated Spectroscopic Optical Switch

Joseph N. Mitchell;Martin Peter Wüest

5,358,994 10/25/1994 Thermoplastic Material for Production and Repair of Polymeric Products and Coating of Metals

William A. Mallow

4,498,231 02/12/1985 Thin Film Strain Transducer

James L. Rand

4,425,808 01/17/1984 Thin Film Strain Transducer

James L. Rand

3,093,827 06/11/1963 Three Loop Direction Finder Antenna for Shipboard Use

Douglas N. Travers

5,302,782 04/12/1994 Three-Component Borehole Wall-Locking Seismic Detector

Thomas E. Owen

6,756,141 06/29/2004 Three-Electrode Fuel Cell

Michael A. Miller; Craig M. Wall

10,316,970 06/11/2019 TI---SI---C---N Piston Ring Coatings

Jianliang Lin; Ronghua Wei; Peter Mark Lee; Daniel Christopher Bitsis, Jr.

9,523,146 12/20/2016 TI-SI-C-N Piston Ring Coatings

Jianliang Lin; Ronghua Wei; Peter Mark Lee and Daniel Christopher Bitsis Jr.