Research and innovation in digitalization in the private banking sector has declined in the last year.
The most recent figures show that the number of digitalization related patent applications in the industry stood at 419 in the three months ending February – down from 1,196 over the same period in 2021.
Figures for patent grants related to digitalization followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 305 in the three months ending February 2021 to 212 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.
Digitalization 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 digitalization innovator in the private banking sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 357 digitalization related patents in the three months ending February. That was up from 201 over the same period in 2021.
It was followed by the United States based JPMorgan Chase & Co with 162 digitalization patent applications, China based Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd (144 applications), and Canada based The Toronto-Dominion Bank (114 applications).
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc has recently ramped up R&D in digitalization. It saw growth of 75% 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 private banking sector.