The banking and payments industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation owing to ever-changing consumer expectations. The rapid technological developments in the areas of banking and payments that aim to offer seamless experience to consumers are now becoming even more vital for industry participants as competitors leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, and embedded finance as they compete to stay relevant and grow in the market. In the last three years alone, there have been over 92,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cloud in Banking: digital lending.

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 stabilising 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.

60+ 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 195,000 patents, there are 60+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Virtual banking assistant, real-time bidding, and digital lending are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are wireless services subscription billing and targeted marketing platforms, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for cloud in the banking industry

Digital lending is a key innovation area in cloud

Digital lending is an automated lending method that allows financial institutions to provide consumer credit products such as loans to potential borrowers.

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 50 companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of digital lending.

Key players in digital lending – a disruptive innovation in the banking industry

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

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

Patent volumes related to digital lending

Company Total patents (2010 - 2021) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Alibaba Group Holding 223 Unlock company profile
Mastercard 193 Unlock company profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 140 Unlock company profile
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China 124 Unlock company profile
Visa 107 Unlock company profile
INRIX 73 Unlock company profile
Toronto-Dominion Bank 60 Unlock company profile
Allstate 55 Unlock company profile
Swiss Re Asia Pacific 46 Unlock company profile
Capital One Financial 35 Unlock company profile
PayPal Holdings 30 Unlock company profile
E2Interactive 28 Unlock company profile
Toshiba 26 Unlock company profile
Taikang Insurance Group 26 Unlock company profile
Bank of America 24 Unlock company profile
American Express 20 Unlock company profile
USAA 20 Unlock company profile
Swiss Reinsurance 20 Unlock company profile
International Business Machines 19 Unlock company profile
Tencent Holdings 19 Unlock company profile
SoftBank Group 18 Unlock company profile
JPMorgan Chase 18 Unlock company profile
10353744 Canada 18 Unlock company profile
Hartford Financial Services Group 18 Unlock company profile
Blackhawk Network Holdings 17 Unlock company profile
CME Group 17 Unlock company profile
Upaid Systems 17 Unlock company profile
Block 15 Unlock company profile
Fiserv 15 Unlock company profile
Toyota Motor 13 Unlock company profile
eBay 13 Unlock company profile
Synchrony Financial 12 Unlock company profile
Nokia 12 Unlock company profile
Walmart 12 Unlock company profile
Fidelity National Information Services 11 Unlock company profile
NCR 11 Unlock company profile
Hitachi 11 Unlock company profile
Furukawa 11 Unlock company profile
Wells Fargo 10 Unlock company profile
General Electric 10 Unlock company profile
China Construction Bank 9 Unlock company profile
Equifax 9 Unlock company profile
Microsoft 9 Unlock company profile
Alegeus Technologies 9 Unlock company profile
LyondellBasell Industries 9 Unlock company profile
Experian 9 Unlock company profile
Warrantee 9 Unlock company profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 9 Unlock company profile
Huntington Bancshares 8 Unlock company profile
Healthy io 8 Unlock company profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Alibaba Group is one of the leading operators in the digital lending space. The company has a diverse portfolio of patent covering technologies such as digital lending, payment processing, and online payments, among others. Some other key competitors in the digital lending space include Mastercard, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, Ping An Insurance, and Visa.

In terms of application diversity, Healthy io leads the pack. INRIX and Upaid Systems stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, INRIX holds the top position, followed by E2Interactive and Warrantee. To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the banking industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing in Banking.

GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

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.