The global aerospace, defence & security industry experienced a 39% decline in the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of 3D printing-related grants dropped by 11% in Q3 2023, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Aerospace, Defense & Security: Patents Trends Q3 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.
Notably, the number of 3D printing-related patent applications in the aerospace, defence & security industry was 135 in Q3 2023, versus 221 in the prior quarter.
The top five companies accounted for 53% of patenting activity
Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that RTX filed the most 3D printing patents within the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q3 2023. The company filed 28 3D printing-related patents in the quarter, compared with 26 in the previous quarter. It was followed by Safran with 16 3D printing patent filings, General Electric (12 filings), and Boeing (11 filings) in Q3 2023.
Patenting activity was driven by the US with a 43% share of total patent filings
The largest share of 3D printing related patent filings in the aerospace, defence & security industry in Q3 2023 was in the US with 43%, followed by China (9%) and South Korea (6%). The share represented by the US was 7% higher than the 36% share it accounted for in Q2 2023.
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