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April 25, 2022

Internet of things innovation among payment industry companies has dropped off in the last year

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

By Data Journalism Team

Research and innovation in internet of things 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 IoT related patent applications in the industry stood at 58 in the three months ending February – down from 65 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to IoT followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 57 in the three months ending February 2021 to 36 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.

IoT 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.

Bank of America Corp was the top IoT innovator in the banks, payment providers, cards programmes and processors sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 39 IoT related patents in the three months ending February. That was down from 48 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Visa Inc with 16 IoT patent applications, the United States based Capital One Financial Corp (16 applications), and Canada based The Toronto-Dominion Bank (15 applications).

PayPal Holdings Inc has recently ramped up R&D in IoT. It saw growth of 83.3% in related patent applications in the three months ending February 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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