Quantum computing technologies on the rise

January 25 2023

Patent Insights Report on Quantum Computing

Today, the EPO published a patent insight report on quantum computing. This is the second in a series of EPO patent insight reports on quantum technologies.

Over the past decade, Many big tech companies have invested heavily in developing quantum computing technologies. It is a superior and competitive technology and has several advantages over classical systems, such as the ability to analyze large amounts of data that traditional computer systems cannot process in a reasonable time frame.

The report is based on publicly available copyright information. Provides an overview of quantum computing in major and sub-sections: physical understanding of quantum computing; quantum error correction and mitigation; Quantum computing and artificial intelligence/machine learning related technologies.

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Some of the key findings of this report are:

  • The number of inventions in the field of quantum computing has increased over the last decade.

  • Quantum computing developments show a higher rate of growth than any other technology field in general.

  • The above-average share of international patent applications indicates high business expectations regarding technologies and multinational commercialization strategies.

  • Subsections include ‘Physical Realizations of Quantum Computing’; There is a dynamic patent trend in the ‘Quantum Error Correction/Mitigation’ and ‘Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning’ subsections.

One in ten European patent applications in the field of quantum computing have multiple patent applicants, suggesting active collaboration between them. Patent applicants come from all continents with a clear focus on the same region or continent.

While the number of inventions for all technology fields is continuously increasing (right scale); Advances in the field of quantum computing are well above average (left scale). This dynamic development in the field of quantum computing will slow down over the next few years, and as we move deeper into the increasingly complex digital landscape, innovation and collaboration within the field will become more important than ever. It must be encouraged and nurtured so that it can benefit the entire society.

Quantum Computing: Number of International Patent Families by Year of Earliest Publication

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1 Number of international patent families for inventions with high economic prospects in the year of earliest publication.

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