The global banking & payments industry experienced an 8% rise in patent filings in Q4 2023 compared with the previous quarter. The total number of grants dropped by 16%, resulting in overall patent publications increasing by 8.9%, according to GlobalData’s Patent Analytics. GlobalData’s databook Banking & Payments: Patents Trends Q4 2023 offers comprehensive insights into patenting trends, major players’ strategies, and geographical focus in the sector over the last three years. Buy the databook here.

Notably, the number of patent applications in the banking & payments industry was 11,405 in Q4 2023, versus 10,472 in the prior quarter. Filings were down 5% year-on-year and decrease 8% quarter-on-quarter. This compares to a 5% year-on-year decrease in patent grants and 8% rise in quarter-on-quarter.

The top five companies accounted for 54% of patenting activity

Analysis of patenting activity by companies shows that the largest number of patents filed over the last quarter was by China Investment with 2,678, followed by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China with 1,194 and China Investment with 1,170.

Patenting activity was driven by China with a 54% share of total patent filings

The largest share of patent filings in the banking & payments industry in Q4 2023 was in China with 54%, followed by the US (23%) and Japan (3%). The share represented by China was 1% higher than the 53% share it accounted for in Q3 2023.

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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.