Research and innovation in artificial intelligence in the military equipment and technology sector has declined over the past year.

The latest data show that the number of patent applications related to AI in industry was 49 in the three months ending March – a decrease of 73 in the same period of 2021.

AI patent-related figures follow a different pattern of filing – increasing from 20 in the three months ending March 2021 to 21 in the same period in 2022.

The data is compiled by GlobalData, which tracks patent and grant applications from official offices around the world. Using textual analysis as well as official patent classifications, these patents are grouped into key thematic areas and relate to key companies in various industries.

AI is one of the key areas tracked by GlobalData. It has been identified as a key destructive force facing companies in the coming years, and is one of the areas in which companies currently investing resources are expected to benefit.

The figures also give an idea of ​​the biggest innovators in the sector.

Thales SA was the best AI innovator in the military equipment and technology sector in the last quarter. The French-based company has filed 12 AI patents in the three months ending March. This is less than 14 for the same period in 2021.

It was followed by US-based Raytheon Technologies Corp with nine artificial intelligence patent applications, US-based The Boeing Co (8 applications) and French-based Safran SA (7 applications).

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