Brian S. Haney, Quantum Patents, 27 B.U. J. Sci. & Tech. L. __ (2020). (Forthcoming)
62 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2020 Last revised: 7 Aug 2020
Date Written: March 16, 2020
Quantum Patents are patents with claims relating to quantum computing. The number of Quantum Patents granted by the USPTO is rapidly increasing each year and in total market volume. Yet, while the literature on technology patents is visibly scaling – the literature specifically focused on Quantum Patents is non-existent. Thus, this Article draws on a growing body of quantum computing, intellectual property, and technology law scholarship to provide novel Quantum Patent analysis and critique.
In short, this Article contributes the first empirical Quantum Patent review, including novel technology descriptions, market modeling, and legal analysis relating to Quantum Patent claims. First, this Article discusses the two main technical approaches to Quantum Computing. The discussion explores the relationship between Adiabatic Quantum Computers and Gate-Model Quantum Computers, as well as various quantum software frameworks. Second, this Article models an evolving Quantum Patent data-set, offering economic insights, claims analysis, and patent valuation strategies. The data models provide insight into an uncharted patent market alcove, shining light on a completely new economy.
Keywords: Quantum Computing, Quantum Computer, Quantum Machine Learning, Patents, Intellectual Property
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