The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the increasing demand for secure and transparent data management, the need for advanced analytics and insights, and the potential for cost reduction and efficiency improvement, as well as growing importance of technologies such as machine learning (ML) algorithms, distributed ledger technology, cryptographic techniques, and consensus mechanisms. These technologies enable the development of intelligent, secure, and decentralised systems that have the potential to transform various industries such as finance, supply chain, healthcare, and more. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Artificial Intelligence: ML-enabled blockchain networks. 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 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.

300+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 2.5 million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, finite element simulation, ML-enabled blockchain networks, and generative adversarial network (GAN), are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Demand forecasting applications, intelligent embedded systems, and deep reinforcement learning are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are wearable physiological monitors and smart lighting, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for artificial intelligence in the technology industry

ML-enabled blockchain networks is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence

ML-enabled blockchain networks are distributed ledgers that leverage machine learning algorithms to analyse and process data stored on the blockchain, enabling the utilisation of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and advanced technologies. These networks offer enhanced efficiency, security, and reliability compared to traditional blockchain networks. They enable improved asset management, smart contract creation, and provide secure and transparent payment solutions.

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 technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of ML-enabled blockchain networks.

Key players in ML-enabled blockchain networks – a disruptive innovation in the technology 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 ML-enabled blockchain networks

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Cisco Systems 102 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 87 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 20 Unlock Company Profile
Eluvio 19 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 19 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 18 Unlock Company Profile
Capital One Financial 17 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 15 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 13 Unlock Company Profile
Digital Asset Capital 11 Unlock Company Profile
E. Merck 11 Unlock Company Profile
InVitae 11 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 10 Unlock Company Profile
Kymeta 10 Unlock Company Profile
BT Group 10 Unlock Company Profile
Mastercard 9 Unlock Company Profile
MOX-SpeedChain 9 Unlock Company Profile
Sita Information Networking Computing UK 9 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 7 Unlock Company Profile
DexCom 7 Unlock Company Profile
eBay 7 Unlock Company Profile
Qomplx 7 Unlock Company Profile
Toronto-Dominion Bank 7 Unlock Company Profile
Halliburton 6 Unlock Company Profile
KPMG International Coop 6 Unlock Company Profile
Inveniam Capital Partners 6 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 5 Unlock Company Profile
Bank of America 5 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 5 Unlock Company Profile
BlackBerry 5 Unlock Company Profile
British American Tobacco 5 Unlock Company Profile
Strong Force Iot Portfolio 2016 5 Unlock Company Profile
SparkCognition 5 Unlock Company Profile
RPG Enterprises 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Cisco Systems is a leading patent filer in the ML-enabled blockchain networks domain.  One of the company’s patents focuses on automating application dependency mapping in a network. The network captures traffic data using a sensor network and analyses it to identify network endpoints and configurations. The network partitions the endpoints based on configurations, measures their similarity, and determines clusters for an application dependency map. The relationships between clusters form the edges of the map.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include International Business Machines (IBM) and Furukawa.

By geographic reach, eBay leads the pack, followed by Sita Information Networking Computing UK and Mastercard. In terms of application diversity, DexCom holds the top position, followed by eBay and British American Tobacco.

ML-enabled blockchain networks can revolutionise the blockchain industry by combining the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning with the transparency and security of blockchain technology. ML-enabled blockchain networks leverage AI algorithms to analyse large amounts of data on the blockchain, identify patterns, and make intelligent predictions and decisions. This enables enhanced data analytics, fraud detection, and smart contract automation. To further understand how artificial intelligence is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Thematic Intelligence.

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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.