The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the need for stronger and more comprehensive cybersecurity measures to protect against cyber threats and attacks, and growing importance of technologies such as cryptography, private and permissioned blockchains, immutable data storage, and penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. These technologies work together to establish a secure and trusted environment for data storage and transactions on the blockchain. By leveraging cryptographic techniques, consensus mechanisms, smart contracts, distributed ledger technology, and robust security practices, blockchain technology provides a solid foundation for ensuring data security and integrity in various applications. 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 Cybersecurity: Data security blockchain. 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, byzantine fault tolerant blockchain, secure multi-party computing, and decentralised identity framework are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Secure hash algorithms (SHA), zero knowledge proof, and private blockchains are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are, firmware security, multimedia signal encryption, and biometric authentication, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for cybersecurity in the technology industry

Data security blockchain is a key innovation area in cybersecurity

Data security blockchain is a form of distributed ledger technology that offers a secure and unchangeable method for storing and exchanging data. It utilises cryptographic methods to guarantee the integrity and immutability of data stored on the blockchain, establishing a high level of confidence and openness in data sharing. Data security blockchain finds applications in securely storing various types of information, including medical records, financial transactions, identity details, and more, providing a trustworthy and transparent solution for data management.

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 180+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of data security blockchain.

Key players in data security blockchain – 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 data security blockchain

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
SoftBank Group 1135 Unlock Company Profile
nChain 673 Unlock Company Profile
Mastercard 274 Unlock Company Profile
Visa 193 Unlock Company Profile
International Business Machines (IBM) 180 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 93 Unlock Company Profile
Coinplug 77 Unlock Company Profile
PayPal 74 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent 68 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 65 Unlock Company Profile 61 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 60 Unlock Company Profile
Capital One Financial 56 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 53 Unlock Company Profile
JPMorgan Chase 50 Unlock Company Profile
Toronto-Dominion Bank 50 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 49 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 48 Unlock Company Profile
Bank of America 48 Unlock Company Profile
Worldline 46 Unlock Company Profile
American Express 45 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture 43 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 41 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 41 Unlock Company Profile
Digital Asset 40 Unlock Company Profile
Walmart 38 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 37 Unlock Company Profile
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance 36 Unlock Company Profile
Algorand 34 Unlock Company Profile
Fortive 31 Unlock Company Profile
SICPA 29 Unlock Company Profile
Royal Bank of Canada 29 Unlock Company Profile
Ripple Labs 29 Unlock Company Profile
Inveniam Capital Partners 27 Unlock Company Profile
Robert Bosch Stiftung 25 Unlock Company Profile
Meta Platforms 25 Unlock Company Profile
Civic Technologies 25 Unlock Company Profile
Akamai Technologies 24 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 24 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 24 Unlock Company Profile
Nti 24 Unlock Company Profile
Razorpay Software 24 Unlock Company Profile
R3 23 Unlock Company Profile
Radware 22 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 22 Unlock Company Profile
Thales 22 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 21 Unlock Company Profile
Ping An Insurance 21 Unlock Company Profile
Nasdaq 20 Unlock Company Profile
Goldman Sachs Group 19 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

SoftBank Group is one of the leading patent filers in data security blockchain. The company’s patents are aimed at providing techniques to improve security in blockchain networks. In some implementations, a linking request is received from a node, which needs to be linked to a blockchain network. The linking request includes a digital code.

One or more consensus verification messages are received from one or more blockchain nodes of the blockchain network. Each consensus verification message indicates whether a respective blockchain node approves or denies the linking request. A consensus verification result is determined based on the one or more consensus verification messages. In response to determining that the linking request is approved by the one or more blockchain nodes, the digital code is stored into the blockchain network as a digital certificate of the node.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include nChain and Mastercard.  

By geographic reach, Samsung leads the pack, followed by IDEMIA France and Razorpay Software. In terms of application diversity, IHI holds the top position, followed by Glory and Cox Enterprises.  

Data security blockchain significantly enhances data integrity, transparency, privacy, trust, and efficiency in various sectors. It offers solutions to long-standing challenges in data management, fostering a secure and trustworthy environment for data sharing and collaboration. 

To further understand how cybersecurity is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity – Thematic Research.

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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.