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Safran third-ranked in patent filings in France for the 7th year in a row
Developing and protecting its intellectual property is a major priority for the Group, in line with its strategy of differentiation through innovation. The number of patents filed is a key indicator that highlights the Group's investment in research, technology and development and its active effort to formalize and protect its know-how. Published this week by Les Echos newspaper, the ranking lists Safran as France's third most prolific company in terms of industrial patent applications, a position that has been consistent since 2011.
The ranking shows that the transport and public research sector are at the forefront in terms of France's patent applications, with 9 of these representatives from these sectors among the top 10 applicants; Valeo and PSA lead the way, followed by Renault, Airbus, Michelin and Thales. The CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), - which are major partners of the Safran Group - are 4th and 5th respectively, just behind Safran.
One of the Top three champ'
In 2017, Safran filed almost 850 initial patent applications worldwide, a similar volume to 2016. This represents a significant performance given the sale of Group's Security business in 2017. If we include the activity of Zodiac Aerospace, the Group's patent portfolio now covers nearly 9,000 operations and includes more than 38,000 industrial property titles worldwide.
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