Research and innovation in robotics in the air force equipment and technologies sector has declined in the last year.

The most recent figures show that the number of robotics related patent applications in the industry stood at 34 in the three months ending February – down from 61 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to robotics followed a different pattern to filings – growing from 39 in the three months ending February 2021 to 49 in the same period in 2022.

The figures are compiled by GlobalData, who track patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis, as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas, and linked to key companies across various industries.

Robotics is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as being a key disruptive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas that companies investing resources in now are expected to reap rewards from.

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The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Boeing was the top robotics innovator in the air force equipment and technologies sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 18 robotics related patents in the three months ending February. That was down from 30 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by US-based companies Raytheon Technologies with four robotics patent applications and General Dynamics with three applications, and Netherlands-based Airbus with two applications.