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Patents: Safran remains the champion of innovation in France!


The result of a collective effort. For the second year in a row, Safran was ranked first in the annual report of patent applicants in France, conducted by the French National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)! Here’s a look back at this success, which highlights Safran’s leading role in innovation for over a decade.

INPI innovation

Participative Innovation, community of experts, access to the startup ecosystem… As well as maintaining a high level of R&D expenses (€1.54 billion in 2022): this year, once again, innovation remains a key challenge for Safran.

This strategic approach is paying off in terms of intellectual property: for the second time, Safran is ranked first in patent applications in France, as announced by the INPI on March 17, 2023. With 931 French patent applications filed between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, and published in 2022, Safran solidifies its position as the leading innovation player both in France, and globally, confirmed by its inclusion in the Top 100 Global Innovators 2023 ranking.

This performance is all the more impressive given that it was achieved at a time when the aeronautics sector was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It should be noted that in this year’s ranking, none of the patent filers managed to exceed the symbolic 1,000-patent mark.

With a strong belief in our future, our capacity to innovate, and the commitment of our teams, our Group weathered the crisis far better than other French players and our international competitors in terms of R&T, innovation and industrial property.
Jean-Marc Brunel, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Safran

This year, once again, the Group shares the podium with Stellantis (924 patents) and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission or CEA (672 patents).