The insurance industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by digitalization, personalization, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity in insurance documentation and data analytics, predictive risk assessment, fraud detection, and smart policy management. In the last three years alone, there have been over 17,000 patents filed and granted in the insurance industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in insurance: smart inspection. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 70,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the insurance industry, there are 20+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Smart inspection is a key innovation area in Internet of Things
Smart inspection refers to the use of advanced technologies like AI, IoT, and instant damage detection and assessment tools to evaluate and assess the condition of various objects or properties timely and more accurately. It is being increasingly adopted by the insurance industry to make the inspection process a seamless experience for the policy holder, while saving time and costs of manual inspection for the insurer. Smart inspection helps in simple and faster claim registration, processing and settlement and better reach in remote areas, improving the operational efficiency and overall profitability of insurance providers.
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 110+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established insurance companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of smart inspection.
Key players in smart inspection – a disruptive innovation in the insurance industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to smart inspection
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance||184||Unlock Company Profile|
|Ping An Insurance (Group)||144||Unlock Company Profile|
|Alibaba Group||141||Unlock Company Profile|
|Clearlake Capital Group||66||Unlock Company Profile|
|Advanced New Technologies||61||Unlock Company Profile|
|Alphabet||60||Unlock Company Profile|
|Tractable||50||Unlock Company Profile|
|Baidu||30||Unlock Company Profile|
|The Toronto-Dominion Bank||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|The Allstate||20||Unlock Company Profile|
|Lear||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|Yembo||19||Unlock Company Profile|
|USAA||18||Unlock Company Profile|
|Mitchell International||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|Verisk Analytics||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|Taikang Insurance Group||16||Unlock Company Profile|
|Healthy io||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|The Hartford Financial Services Group||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cox Enterprises||14||Unlock Company Profile|
|American International Group (AIG)||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|NetraDyne||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|Leonard Green & Partners||12||Unlock Company Profile|
|ReviverMx||11||Unlock Company Profile|
|Nauto||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|International Business Machines||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|LyondellBasell Industries||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Donan Engineering||9||Unlock Company Profile|
|Vista Equity Partners||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|CoreLogic||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Curiteva||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Click-Ins||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Daifuku||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Capital One Financial||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Tempus Labs||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|The Reynolds and Reynolds Company||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Conduent||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Laboratory Corp of America||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Aon||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Loveland Innovations||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Sony Group||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|IAA||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|MiTAC||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Allianz||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Visa||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Toyota Motor||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|UIEvolution||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Open Text||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company||4||Unlock Company Profile|
|Tata Sons||4||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance (State Farm) is one of the leading patent filers in smart inspection. The company filed several patents related to methods and systems of machine-assisted vehicle inspection for post-collision damage assessment and detecting malfunctions. It was recently granted a patent for autonomous vehicle operation feature monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness.
State Farm also filed patents related to advanced methods of collecting and analyzing aerial imagery for real-time inspections of insured properties including buildings and infrastructure to assess damage resulting from fire, wind, hail, water, or hurricanes.
Ping An Insurance (Group), Alibaba Group, and Clearlake Capital are some of the other leading patent filers in smart inspection for the insurance industry.
In terms of application diversity, Capital One Financial held the top position, while Loveland Innovations and Alphabet stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Clearlake Capital leads the pack, followed by Alphabet and Tractable.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the insurance industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things in Insurance.