17th April 2020
Accelerated Adoption of Mobile Banking
The US lags behind Europe in the adoption of mobile banking and challenger bank activity but still represent a material growth opportunity. Owning close to 40% of total granted patents in mobile banking – who are the other key players driving this space?
- The US lags Europe in adoption of mobile banking but represents material growth opportunity
- USAA – the first US bank to offer smartphone check deposit with the largest patent portfolio is US
- Leading patent holders in Europe and US markets range from Computing/Software industries to Electronics and Semiconductor
Close to 40% of total granted patents in mobile banking are now registered in the US
38% of total granted patents in mobile banking are registered in the US. This points to the major market opportunity that exists in the US and the push by companies to protect their invention rights there.
The COVID-19 effect is seeing an accelerated adoption of mobile banking, and challenger bank activity is increasing. Although the pace is slower than in Europe, US based challengers include Chime and Varo Money and the Europeans are moving in – Revolut, Monzo and N26 for example.
The leading patent holders in the key Europe and US markets range across the Computing/Software, Financial Services, Electronics, Telecoms and Semiconductor industries
Bank of America and IBM stand out as having the leading patent portfolios across mobile banking in the US. In Europe the patent landscape is dominated by tech firms.
Remote deposit capture: USAA the first US bank to offer smartphone check deposit remains largest US patent holder
USAA is well known as the company that offers banking, insurance and financial services to people and families who serve or have served in the US Armed Forces. USAA was the first bank to provide the ability to deposit checks with a smartphone, that was over 10 years ago in 2009.