Research and innovation in fintech 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 fintech related patent applications in the industry stood at 570 in the three months ending July – down from 1256 over the same period in 2021.
Figures for patent grants related to fintech followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 538 in the three months ending July 2021 to 467 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.
Fintech 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 fintech 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 144 fintech related patents in the three months ending July. That was down from 256 over the same period in 2021.
It was followed by the United States based Visa with 108 fintech patent applications, the United States based Mastercard (78 applications), and the United States based PayPal (54 applications).
KB Financial Group has recently ramped up R&D in fintech. It saw growth of 90.9% in related patent applications in the three months ending July 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.