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June 18, 2022

Cybersecurity innovation among payment industry companies has dropped off in the last year

Analysis of patent filings shows a shrinking level of related applications in the industry over the past year

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in cybersecurity in the banks, payment providers, cards programmes and processors sector has declined in the last year.

The most recent figures show that the number of related patent applications in the industry stood at 533 in the three months ending April – down from 675 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to followed a different pattern to filings – growing from 410 in the three months ending April 2021 to 444 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.

Capital One was the top innovator in the banks, payment providers, cards programmes and processors sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the US, filed 116 related patents in the three months ending April. That was down from 127 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Bank of America with 87 patent applications, the United States based Visa (79 applications), and the United States based Mastercard (73 applications).

Royal Bank of Canada has recently ramped up R&D in . It saw growth of 41.7% in related patent applications in the three months ending April compared to the same period in 2021 - the highest percentage growth out of all companies tracked with more than 10 quarterly patents in the banks, payment providers, cards programmes and processors sector.

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