The banking industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by digitalization, enhanced security, operational efficiency, ever changing consumer expectations, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity. In the last three years alone, there have been over 129,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in banking: voice-based authentication. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

30+ innovations will shape the banking industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the banking industry using innovation intensity models built on over 165,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, distributed ledger transactions, is a disruptive technology that is in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Voice-based authentication, geofenced transactions, and embedded secure elements are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing.

Innovation S-curve for cybersecurity in the banking industry

Voice-based authentication is a key innovation area in cybersecurity

Voice-based authentication is a type of biometric authentication that uses a person's voice as a unique identifier to verify their identity. The technology works by comparing the voice of a person trying to gain access to a system or device with a pre-recorded voice sample of that person on file, thereby ensuring secure access.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 70 companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of voice-based authentication.

Key players in voice-based authentication – a disruptive innovation in the banking industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.  

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to voice-based authentication

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Alibaba Group 43 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 34 Unlock Company Profile
Mastercard 25 Unlock Company Profile
Skeyecode 23 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
Visa 22 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 14 Unlock Company Profile
PayPal 12 Unlock Company Profile
Ping An Insurance (Group) 10 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines 10 Unlock Company Profile
Bank of America 9 Unlock Company Profile
Dominion Harbor Enterprises 9 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent 9 Unlock Company Profile
JPMorgan Chase 9 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Sons 8 Unlock Company Profile
Verint Systems 7 Unlock Company Profile
Authentify 7 Unlock Company Profile
JVCKENWOOD 6 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced New Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 6 Unlock Company Profile
China Investment 5 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 5 Unlock Company Profile
Fidelity National Information Services 5 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 5 Unlock Company Profile 5 Unlock Company Profile
Jetson AI 4 Unlock Company Profile
Apollo Global Management 4 Unlock Company Profile
LG 4 Unlock Company Profile
Samuel Garfield 4 Unlock Company Profile
Friday Harbor 4 Unlock Company Profile
O2Micro International 3 Unlock Company Profile
Royal Bank of Canada 3 Unlock Company Profile
Botanic Technologies 3 Unlock Company Profile
Nok Nok Labs 3 Unlock Company Profile
Inter Action 3 Unlock Company Profile
Capital One Financial 3 Unlock Company Profile
USAA 3 Unlock Company Profile
Bragi 2 Unlock Company Profile
Adroit Worldwide Media 2 Unlock Company Profile
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hana Financial Group 2 Unlock Company Profile
Worldline 2 Unlock Company Profile
Fujifilm 2 Unlock Company Profile
Hydra 2 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 2 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing d-Ear Technologies 1 Unlock Company Profile
Datalogic Adc 1 Unlock Company Profile
Verizon Patent And Licensing 1 Unlock Company Profile
The Intellisis 1 Unlock Company Profile
Xi'An Irain Iot Technology Services 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Alibaba Group is one of the top patent filers in technologies associated with voice-based authentication. It filed several patents related to methods and devices for voiceprint recognition, sound production object determination, speech recognition, and voice-based role separation. Baidu, Mastercard, and Skeyecode, are some of the other key patent filers in this space.

In terms of application diversity, Skeyecode held the top position, while Samuel Garfield and Friday Harbor stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Skeyecode leads the pack, followed by Microsoft and Alibaba Group.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity in Banking.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.