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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
9,146,215 09/29/2015 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Tubes in a Boiler

Hegeon Kwun; Matthew Capps; James Crane; Stanley M. Walker

5,892,162 04/06/1999 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Pipes and Tubes Using Guided Wave Probe

Robert L. Spinks;Joseph W. Brophy;Ronald H. Peterson

7,501,814 03/10/2009 Apparatus and Method for Inspection of Aircraft Wing Attachment Fittings Using Electric Current Perturbation

Clinton J. Thwing;Gary L. Burkhardt

8,991,273 03/31/2015 Apparatus and Method for Inspecting High Voltage Insulators

Andrew John Phillips; Jason Cary Nave; Glynn Ray Bartlett; Cody Michael Porter;Ian Royappan Meinzen

9,063,188 06/23/2015 Apparatus and Method for Identifying High Risk Non-Ceramic Insulators (NCI) with Conductive or High Permittivity Defects

Andrew John Phillips; Mark Major; Robert Carlton Lynch; Phillip Nathan Beverly; Sam Harrell

5,173,333 12/22/1992 Apparatus and Method for Discharging Static Electricity on the Internal Surface of Plastic Pipe

Oren Tranbarger;Clarence R. McGinnis;David H. Strain

5,753,806 05/19/1998 Apparatus and Method for Determining The Distribution and Flow Rate Characteristics of an Injection Nozzle

Thomas W. Ryan;Kendall R. Swenson

6,911,828 06/28/2005 Apparatus and Method for Detecting the Degradation of a Coating Using Embedded Sensors

Christopher S. Brossia; Darrell S. Dunn

7,654,246 02/02/2010 Apparatus and Method for Controlling Transient Operation of an Engine Operating in a Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Combustion Mode

Junmin Wang; Christopher J. Chadwell

5,832,880 11/10/1998 Apparatus and Method for Controlling Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition Combustion in Diesel Engines

Daniel W. Stewart (formerly Daniel W. Dickey)