The global aerospace, defence & security industry experienced an 8% decline in the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of cybersecurity-related grants rose by 15% in Q4 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Aerospace, Defense & Security: Patents Trends Q4 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

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Notably, the number of cybersecurity-related patent applications in the aerospace, defence & security industry was 122 in Q4 2023, versus 132 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 30% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that Thales filed the most cybersecurity patents within the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 12 cybersecurity-related patents in the quarter, compared with 8 in the previous quarter. It was followed by RTX with 9 cybersecurity patent filings, Electricite de France (7 filings), and Boeing (5 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 37% share of total patent filings

The largest share of cybersecurity related patent filings in the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 37%, followed by China (11%) and France (10%). The share represented by the US was 6% lower than the 42% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.