Drone market prepares for take-off after whirl of patents

Fictional depictions of the 21st century often imagined the skies filled with drones but nearly two decades in, this prediction seems far from reality.

Even the world’s mightiest of retailers, Amazon, has only trialled deliveries by drone. But new data suggests we could be on the cusp of change and those fanciful visions of the future might be about to finally take off.

Data from the World Intellectual Property Office for the 2016-17 financial year shows patents filed for technology related to drones hit a new high of 5,301 – more than quadrupling from the 1,242 the prior year.

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The Telegraph
By Bradley Gerrard
22 APRIL 2018 • 8:46PM

Image:Chinese technicians work on a drone
CREDIT: XINHUA

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