Research and innovation in fintech in the private banking 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 290 in the three months ending May – down from 617 over the same period in 2021.

Figures for patent grants related to fintech followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 274 in the three months ending May 2021 to 260 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.

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The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd was the top fintech innovator in the private banking sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in China, filed 64 fintech related patents in the three months ending May. That was down from 102 over the same period in 2021.

It was followed by the United States based Bank of America Corp with 39 fintech patent applications, the United States based JPMorgan Chase & Co (31 applications), and Canada based The Toronto-Dominion Bank (24 applications).

CME Group Inc has recently ramped up R&D in fintech. It saw growth of 30.4% in related patent applications in the three months ending May 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.