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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 6501.


Patent Number Date Of Issue Title of Invention Inventors
7,979,288 07/12/2011 Automated Interpretation of Medical Prescription Text

Jeff Wilkinson; William Arensman; Nathan Price; John Madrid; Keith Pickens

5,539,649 07/23/1996 Automated Design and Manufacture of Artificial Limbs

Harry Grothus;Keith S. Pickens;Mark Muller;Nicholas Walsh;Virgil Faulkner

4,439,249 03/27/1984 Automated Cutting of Plate Steel

Gurvinder P. Singh;William D. Jolly

5,285,521 02/08/1994 Audible Techniques for the Reception of Nondestructive Evaluation Information

Amos E. Holt;Kent D. Polk;Richard A. Cervantes

7,198,555 04/03/2007 Atomizer Cooling by Liquid Circulation Through Atomizer Tip Holder

Lee Dodge

9,520,179 12/13/2016 Asynchronous Fifo Memory With Read and Write Counter Circuitry

Mark A. Johnson 

4,706,228 11/10/1987 Asymmetrical Lateral-Force Seismic Source Transducer

Thomas E. Owen;Edgar C. Schroeder

6,813,960 11/09/2004 Asymmetrical Column Assembly for High-Cycle Fatigue Test

Thomas E. Owen; David L. Davidson; John B. Campbell; Andrew Nagy

7,909,869 03/22/2011 Artificial Spinal Unit Assemblies

Charles R. Gordon; Corey T. Harbold; Heather S. Hanson

3,755,825 09/04/1973 Artificial Heart Consisting of a Biventricular Pump with Control Mechanisms for Total Replacement of Human Heart

Michael E. DeBakey;William Hall