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June 24, 2022updated 28 Jun 2022 1:36pm

Cybersecurity innovation among ship industry companies dropped off in the last quarter

Analysis of patent filings shows an decrease in related applications in the industry following a rise over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in cybersecurity in the ship equipment supply, product and services sector has declined in the last quarter – but remains higher than it was a year ago.

The most recent figures show that the number of related patent applications in the industry stood at 17 in the three months ending April – up from six over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to followed a different pattern to filings – shrinking from nine in the three months ending April 2021 to seven 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.

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.

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

FedEx Corp was the top innovator in the ship equipment supply, product and services sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed seven related patents in the three months ending April. That was up from two over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Uber Technologies Inc with five patent applications, South Korea based Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd (3 applications), and the United States based United Parcel Service Inc (1 applications).

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