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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 1,400 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
6,298,729 10/08/2001 Catalytic Converter Testing

Robert J. Locker; Constance B. Sawyer; Douglas J. Fox; James F. Unruh

4,030,939 06/20/1977 Cement Composition

William A. Mallow

5,900,590 05/03/1999 Centrifugal Measurement of Mass

Ruell Floyd Solberg, Jr.; Richard Lorenz

4,892,849 01/08/1990 Ceramic Composition Having Low Friction Coefficient at High Operating Temperatures

James Lankford

7,252,684 08/06/2007 Ceramic in Replacement Components

Geoffrey Dearnaley

7,704,546 04/26/2010 Ceramic in Replacement Components

Geoffrey Dearnaley

4,523,294 06/10/1985 Character Spaced Justification Method & Apparatus

Bryan D.C. Winn

5,861,701 01/18/1999 Charged-Particle Powered Battery

Robert D. Young; John P. Hageman; Glenn M. Light; Stephen W. Seale, Jr.

11,098,260 08/24/2021 Chemical Warfare Agents and Related Compounds as Fuel for Internal Combustion Engines

Darrel W. Johnston; Monica R. Medrano; Daniel Moreland; Michael MacNaughton; Matthew S. Blais; Jimell Erwin

6,930,254 08/15/2005 Chemically-Doped Composite Insulator for Early Detection of Potential Failures Due to Exposure of the Fiberglass Rod

Andrew J. Philips; Ralph H. Hill Jr.; Mary C. Marshall; Joseph N. Mitchell; Stephen J. Hudak Jr.