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New report reveals global patenting trends in space technologies

Cosmonautics study

A new study published today reveals the global patenting
trends in cosmonautics – showing how different actors both public and private are
driving forward innovations in areas like propulsion, systems control and
onboard power. 

When the first man went into orbit sixty years ago, space
technologies were the exclusive domain of just a few state organisations. Now
space technologies are booming like never before. Commercial revenues from
satellite launches are up over 50% in the last decade. The influx of private
capital has been a factor in an astonishing increase in patent filing activity,
up threefold or more in the period 2007 to 2017. Much of the increase from
European operators has come from Germany and France – and of these some 85% of
the patents are owned by private companies. Meanwhile patent filings from China
have surged from almost zero a decade ago to account for over 50% of all patent
families in 2018.

Cosmonautics - worldwide patent filing developments

This study, conducted by the European Patent Office and the
European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in collaboration with the European Space
Agency (ESA), investigates the major patent filing trends in space
technologies. The patent analysis includes rankings of spacefaring countries
and league tables of large and small industries, private and public
organisations. With its extensive charts and commentary the report is useful to
technologists, companies and investors wanting to better understand these
rapidly expanding technology domains.

Filing activity by inventor`s country of origin