Research and innovation in fintech in the retail 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 76 in the three months ending March – down from 162 over the same period in 2021.
Figures for patent grants related to fintech followed a similar pattern to filings – shrinking from 157 in the three months ending March 2021 to 130 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.
The figures also provide an insight into the largest innovators in the sector.
EBay Inc was the top fintech innovator in the retail sector in the latest quarter. The company, which has its headquarters in the United States, filed 17 fintech related patents in the three months ending March. That was down from 28 over the same period in 2021.
It was followed by the China based Alibaba Group Holding Ltd with 11 fintech patent applications, the United States based Walmart Inc (10 applications), and China based JD.com Inc (10 applications).