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 is 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 129,000 patents filed and granted in the banking industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in banking: IM trading platformsBuy 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 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. 

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, AR/VR trading platforms, and mortgage servicing risk management are disruptive technologies that are in the early stage of application and should be tracked closely. Voice payments, cashless settlement and asynchronous distributed payments are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are IM trading platforms and UWB-enabled payments, which are now well established in the industry. 

Innovation S-curve for the banking industry 

IM trading platforms is a key innovation area in banking

Instant Messaging (IM) is a text-based communication application which is used for trading in financial markets. Traders are increasingly using IM tools to create a private conversation with clients and to provide them with market updates. However, usage of such tools is increasing security and compliance risks for financial companies.

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 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established banking companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of IM trading platforms.

Key players in IM trading platforms – 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 IM trading platforms

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Headwater Research 202 Unlock Company Profile
Headwater Partners I 191 Unlock Company Profile
Deephaven Data Labs 101 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 81 Unlock Company Profile
Macerich 25 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 17 Unlock Company Profile
Japan Exchange Group 15 Unlock Company Profile
CME Group 12 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced New Technologies 9 Unlock Company Profile
Hangzhou FUZAMEI Technology 7 Unlock Company Profile
Illumon 7 Unlock Company Profile
Intercontinental Exchange 6 Unlock Company Profile
Nasdaq 5 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Micro Devices 5 Unlock Company Profile
Camtek 4 Unlock Company Profile
Taikang Insurance Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
ItsOn 4 Unlock Company Profile
The Celo Foundation 3 Unlock Company Profile
Push Technology 3 Unlock Company Profile
Alibaba Group 3 Unlock Company Profile
Exegy 2 Unlock Company Profile
Celo Labs 2 Unlock Company Profile
CME Group Berhad 2 Unlock Company Profile
China United Network Communications 2 Unlock Company Profile
The ODP 2 Unlock Company Profile
Aeris Communications 1 Unlock Company Profile
China United Network Communications Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Transaction Systems 1 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent 1 Unlock Company Profile
Kingdee International Software Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
DLCC 1 Unlock Company Profile
China Investment 1 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 1 Unlock Company Profile
KB Financial Group 1 Unlock Company Profile
Mirae Asset Securities 1 Unlock Company Profile
Arista Networks 1 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Headwater Research, Deephaven Data Labs, Broadcom, Macerich, Hitachi, and Japan Exchange Group are some of the key patent filers in the IM trading platforms space. Several patents have been filed in this field related to systems and apparatuses for securely communicating issuer updates.

In terms of application diversity, Macerich leads the pack. Deephaven Data Labs and Illumon stand in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Deephaven Data Labs holds the top position, followed by Broadcom and Headwater Research.

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

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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.