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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 1,400 U.S. patents. As part of a long-held tradition, patent rights arising from sponsored research at the Institute can be 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
4,715,326 12/28/1987 Multicylinder Catalytic Engine

Robert H. Thring

4,719,407 01/11/1988 Automated Search Apparatus for Locating Leaks in Geomembrane Liners

Merle E. Converse; David W. Shultz

4,720,669 01/18/1988 Geomembrane Leak Assessment Shell Shaped Probe

Thomas E. Owen;

4,724,800 02/15/1988 Ringless Piston Engine

Charles D. Wood;

4,725,785 02/15/1988 Directional Potential Analyzer Method and Apparatus for Detecting and Locating Leaks In Geomembrane Liners

Merle E. Converse; Kathryn B. Glass; Thomas E. Owen

4,731,096 03/14/1988 Hydrocarbon Compositions of High Elongational Viscosity and Process for Making the Same

Henry F. Hamil; W.D. Weatherford; George E. Fodor

4,731,744 03/14/1988 Position Sensor and System

John P. Harrell, Jr.; Douglas L. Michalsky

4,736,773 04/11/1988 Electronically Switched Pneumatic Valve System

William D. Perry; Donald H. Heihn

4,740,757 04/25/1988 Method and Apparatus for Locating Leaks in a Multiple Layer Geomembrane Liner

Merle E. Converse; Thomas E. Owen

4,751,467 06/13/1988 System for Determining Liquid Flow Rate Through Leaks in Impermeable Membrane Liners

John W. Cooper