The global aerospace, defence & security industry experienced a 33% decline in the number of internet of things-related patent applications in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of internet of things-related grants rose by 18% 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 internet of things-related patent applications in the aerospace, defence & security industry was 74 in Q4 2023, versus 111 in the prior quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 24% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that RTX filed the most internet of things patents within the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q4 2023. The company filed 6 internet of things-related patents in the quarter, compared with 4 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Oshkosh with 5 internet of things patent filings, Electricite de France (3 filings), and General Motors (2 filings) in Q4 2023.

Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 49% share of total patent filings

The largest share of internet of things related patent filings in the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q4 2023 was in the US with 49%, followed by China (19%) and Brazil (1%). The share represented by the US was 9% higher than the 40% 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.