Airbus Patents – Key Insights and Stats

Airbus was founded in 1970 by Bernard Lathiere, Felix Kracht, Franz Josef Strauss, Henri Ziegler and Roger Beteille. The company is doing business in Aviation & Aerospace. The Company offers a range of Aerospace, Defence, Space, Innovation, Cyber Security, IT, and Engineering. As of November 2021, Airbus has a market cap of $100.07 Billion.

Airbus has a total of 58850 patents globally, out of which 36554 have been granted. Of these 58850 patents, more than 51% patents are active. USA is where Airbus has filed the maximum number of patents, followed by Europe and Germany and it also seems reasonable as the biggest market for Airbus is USA and Europe. France seems to be the main focused R&D center.

Do read about some of the most popular patents of Airbus which have been covered by us in this article and also you can find Airbus’s patents information, the worldwide patent filing activity and its patent filing trend over the years, and many other stats over Airbus’s patent portfolio.

How many patents does Airbus have?

Airbus has a total of 58850 patents globally. These patents belong to 18136 unique patent families. Out of 58850 patents, 30221 patents are active.

How many Airbus patents are Alive/Dead?

Worldwide Patents

Airbus Patents

Patent Families

How Many Patents did Airbus File Every Year?

Airbus Patent Filing Trend

Are you wondering why there is a drop in patent filing for the last two years? It is because a patent application can take up to 18 months to get published. Certainly, it doesn’t suggest a decrease in the patent filing.

Year of Patents Filing or GrantAirbus Applications FiledAirbus Patents Granted
201132472024
201231892464
201329862720
201430642539
201530152348
201629122641
201723452515
201825112343
201926562429
202013741972
20213381471

How Many Patents did Airbus File in Different Countries?

Mediatek Patent Filing Trend

Countries in which Airbus Filed Patents

CountryPatents
United States Of America12294
Europe9589
Germany7703
France6283
China4395
Canada2948
Japan2014
United Kingdom1672
Spain1667
Russia1550
Brazil1388
Austria1291
India475
Korea (South)401
Australia272
Poland143
Israel134
Italy107
Singapore84
Denmark51
Norway36
South Africa29
Mexico26
Ukraine20
Portugal20
Eurasian Patent Organization18
Finland16
Netherlands14
Malaysia14
Hungary13
Hong Kong (S.A.R.)12
Turkey10
Tunisia9
New Zealand8
Sweden7
Switzerland4
Taiwan4
Luxembourg4
Slovenia4
Belgium3
Chile3
Morocco3
Czech Republic3
Gulf Cooperation Council3
Indonesia3
Kazakhstan1
Cyprus1
Viet Nam1
Belarus1
Ireland1
Philippines1

Where are Research Centers of Airbus Patents Located?

Airbus R&D Center

10 Best Airbus Patents

US8390402B2 is the most popular patent in the Airbus portfolio. It has received 227 citations so far from companies like At&T, Etegent Technologies and Csem Sa.

Below is the list of 10 most cited patents of Airbus:

Publication NumberTitleCitation Count
US8390402B2Waveguide Comprised Of Various Flexible Inner Dielectric Regions227
US6613258B1Method For Making Parts In Composite Material With Thermoplastic Matrix200
US6364250B1Shell Component For An Aircraft Fuselage And Method Of Manufacturing The Same180
US7056402B2Technical Production Method, Tension Module And Sewing Material Holder For Creating Textile Preforms For The Production Of Fibre-Reinforced Plastic Components171
US6296957B1Energy Supply Unit On Board An Aircraft169
WO2006061865A1High Efficiency Antenna And Related Manufacturing Process165
US6260793B1Convertible Aircraft With Tilting Rotors148
US6294859B1Electrostrictive Or Piezoelectric Actuator Device With A Stroke Amplifying Transmission Mechanism135
US6179086B1Noise Attenuating Sandwich Composite Panel127
US6607161B1Convertible Aircraft With Tilting Rotors120

Which Companies are using Airbus Patents to Advance their Research?

If patents or patents from a particular technology area of a company receive a lot of citations, it implies that the technology is being followed and incrementally innovated by the citing companies. It also indicates that citing companies are working on similar and closely related technologies.

The top citing companies of the Airbus patent portfolio are Boeing, Honeywell and Rolls-Royce Holdings.

List of the top forward citing Companies –

CompanyNumber of Patents
Boeing850
Honeywell178
Rolls-Royce Holdings118
Thales Group117
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc111
General Electric110
Utc Aerospace Systems109
Sikorsky Aircraft79
United Technologies Corporation63
Textron Innovations Inc63

Count of 102 and 103 Type Rejections based on Airbus Patents

Mediatek Blocked Patent Application

Top Airbus Patents used in Rejecting Most Patent Applications

Patent NumberCount of Rejected Applications
US7926261B214
US20140140882A114
US9040821B213
US8715405B213
US6149749A13
US9770876B211
US8814085B211
US8499822B211
US8145966B211
US6941204B211
US9533765B210
US9187188B210
US6843953B210
US6328258B110
US7207525B210
US9952593B29
US9567099B29
US9194285B29
US8849636B29

What Percentage of Airbus US Patent Applications were Granted?

Airbus (Excluding its subsidiaries) has filed 3396 patent applications at USPTO so far (Excluding Design and PCT applications). Out of these 2909 have been granted leading to a grant rate of 87.83%.

Below are the key stats of Airbus patent prosecution at the USPTO.

Which Law Firms Filed Most US Patents for Airbus?

Law FirmTotal ApplicationsSuccess Rate
Oblon Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt42392.43%
Lerner David Littenberg33080.95%
Crowell & Moring30793.49%
Dickinson Wright19997.49%
Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt18384.71%
Fasse Patent Attorneys17198.25%
Greer Burns & Crain16681.63%
Nixon & Vanderhye14680.77%
Perman & Green14689.73%
Ladas & Parry9272.83%

When great ideas, people, and difficulties collide, innovation occurs. These intersections happen at Airbus through collaborating with an innovation ecosystem – from within Airbus to outside the company – to turn unique ideas into aerospace breakthroughs faster than ever before.

The Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) develops aerospace solutions that improve people’s lives. Airbus is speeding up the development of some of the most promising and disruptive technologies that will shape the future of aviation in China. Tomorrow’s innovations are tested in a real-world context at Airbus Flightlab. Today, the Airbus Flightlab ecosystem provides access to flight test platforms for all of Airbus’ business lines, including commercial aircraft and helicopters, as well as defence and space.

Airbus UpNext focuses on flying future technology at speeds that are far greater than what is currently possible. It is actively shaping the future of the aerospace sector in this way. Along with this, advances has been done in cutting-edge cybersecurity research in a range of fields, pushing the boundaries of cyber innovation. As a result, it is aggressively addressing today’s digital dangers – as well as preparing for tomorrow’s challenges – to maintain business continuity and assist secure people, property, and information.

What are Airbus’s key innovation segments? What can you expect next?

What Technologies are Covered by Airbus Patents?

The chart below distributes patents filed by Airbus in different countries on the basis of the technology protected in patents. It also represents the markets where Airbus thinks it’s important to protect particular technology inventions.

R&D FocusHow Airbus Research Focus Changed Over the Years?

Interested in knowing about the areas of innovation that are being protected by Airbus?

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