Advanced science.  Applied technology.


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
5,976,711 11/01/1999 Bearing Surfaces of Hypereutectic Alloys Modified to Increase Lubricant Effectiveness

Geoffrey Dearnaley

4,390,828 06/27/1983 Battery Charger Circuit

Merle E. Converse; Glenn T. Darilek

9,568,918 02/14/2017 Balloon System

William D. Perry

6,174,538 01/15/2001 Bait with Cucurbitacin

Keith L. Branly; James M. Gaggero; Chel W. Lew; Cathy S. Lamb

5,571,522 11/04/1996 Bait with Corn Germ

Derrill Munson; Chel W. Lew; James M. Gaggero; Keith Branly

4,514,691 04/29/1985 Baggage Inspection Apparatus & Method for Determining Presences of Explosives

Armando De Los Santos; James D. King; William L. Rollwitz; George A. Matzkanin; Phillip A. Hornung

4,854,699 08/07/1989 Backscatter Oximeter

Reuben W. Edgar, Jr.;

10,671,093 06/02/2020 Azimuthal Pointing System for Scientific Ballooning

Craig E. DeForest; Glenn T. Laurent; Jedediah H. Diller

6,766,693 07/26/2004 Averaged Guided Wave Inspection Technology For Ribbon Cable

Glenn M. Light; Ali Minachi; Kevin M. Carpenter

6,442,495 08/26/2002 Average Signal to Noise Ratio Estimator

Arthur Fleming-Dahl