Chinese internet giant ByteDance has filed a series of trademarks hinting at a foray into the fintech sector.

The most valuable startup in the world, which runs content aggregator Jinri Toutiao and short video platform Douyin (known as TikTok internationally), filed for three trademarks on Dec. 6. News of the filing was only picked up by media this week.

Included is BytePay (our translation, 字节付), classified as relating to insurance and other financial products.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen