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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 Legal Department at +1 210 522 5560.


Patent Number Date Of Issue Title of Invention Inventors
5,331,928 07/26/1994 Variable Compression Piston

Charles D. Wood

4,873,947 10/17/1989 Variable Compression Ratio Direct Injection Engine

Thomas W. Ryan, III;Milan J. Maymar;Orin M. Anderson

8,151,691 04/10/2012 Variable compression ratio piston with rate-sensitive response

Jean-Pierre Pirault; Riccardo Meldolesi; Christopher Chadwell

5,228,011 07/13/1993 Variable Multi-Stage Arc Discharge Acoustic Pulse Source Transducer

Thomas E. Owen

5,558,054 09/24/1996 Variable Preload System for Valve Springs

Jongmin Lee;Susumu Ariga

7,459,999 12/02/2008 Variable-Diameter Electromagnetic Coil

Gary L. Burkhardt; Albert J. Parvin Jr.; Todd H. Goyen

5,663,520 09/02/1997 Vehicle Mine Protection Structure

Michael D. Ladika;Dennis Jerome Malone;David John Stevens

5,020,826 06/04/1991 Vehicle Suspension System

Gary L. Stecklein;Glenn R. Wendel

4,850,524 07/25/1989 Vertical Strip Clad Welding Method and Apparatus

Wilbur R. Schick;Dwight M. Lloyd

7,817,162 10/19/2010 Virtual Blasting System for Removal of Coating and/or Rust from a Virtual Surface

Michael Bolick; Chris Lampe; Jason Ebensberger; Jeremiah Treloar; Rick Klein; Eric Conrad Peterson; Chad Jason Zalkin