Build vs Buy vs Partner: Big Banks and Quantum Technology

In March 2021, Patent Forecast reported how Bank of America was extending its interests in quantum technology to hardware. However, it’s worth noting how BofA’s strategy contrasts with other big banks. In September 2021, Goldman Sachs…

Patent Data Shows That Coldquanta Is Changing Up Its Game Plan, Embracing Quantum Computing

Qubits are already cold, but they are about to get colder. In September, 2021, a patent application was published for ColdQuanta for a qubit array trap for trapping particles to form qubits for a quantum computer. ColdQuanta is not…

We Finally Have a Clue Into Amazon’s Future Quantum Computing Hardware, and It’s Not What IBM or Google are Doing

Is Amazon’s old quantum computer just over the horizon? While Amazon has begun patenting cloud computing methods incorporating the use of quantum hardware, it still has yet to show any activity in patenting quantum hardware. Amazon…

Q-CTRL Is Betting More on Its Model Than On Its Patent Portfolio

A sure sign that quantum computing is inching toward realization is that companies are arising to facilitate the development of quantum computing infrastructure in ways beyond merely building the computers themselves. Q-CTRL, an…

Intel Says that Silicon-based Qubits are the Way of the Future, But It’s Leaving Its Options Open

Intel has been pursuing quantum computing technology since at least 2018, later than leaders in the sector like IBM, but long enough for it to amass a sizable patent portfolio in the sector. Intel’s first foray into quantum computing was a…

Rahko Has Its Focus in the Right Place, But its Patent Portfolio Doesn’t Rock

Among the exciting new possibilities for quantum computing is faster and more efficient drug discovery, which could fundamentally change the way that the pharmaceutical industry operates. Rahko is one British start-up that is trying to be…

HQS Begins Developing Patent Portfolio in an Already Crowded Field

In addition to developing hardware for quantum computers, innovators are constantly looking for ways in which quantum computing can be used to solve challenges with which classical computers struggle. One such challenge is modeling quantum…

Cosmic Rays Might Put Quantum Computing in a Daze, But IBM Has Its Ways

A report published in July 2021 out of the University of Wisconsin has found that cosmic rays may have a significant effect on the accuracy of quantum computers, raising concerns about the viability of some of the technology. Cosmic rays…

Mitsubishi Chemical is Teaming up with IBM on Quantum Computing, For Now…

In June 2021, Mitsubishi Chemical and Toyota Motor announced that they would be using IBM’s quantum computers to leverage quantum computing technology for industrial applications, with a number of the companies, also including Hitachi,…

Forget Project Quantum, AMD Tackles Real Quantum Computing

Back in 2015, AMD, best known for designing GPUs competing with NVIDIA, announced a compact high-concept computer that could be used for gaming called Project Quantum. Despite there being very little news about the system in the following…

The University Of Arizona Patents New Type Of Qubit, But the Department of Energy Isn’t Buying It

Is the University of Arizona planning on licensing its phonon qubit quantum technology or is it just going to gather dust? Quantum Computing is a sector that sees large amounts of patent activity, but the types of qubits used tend to be…

Amazon Has its Eyes on Quantum Computing, but Not on Quantum Hardware…Yet

So far, among the tech giants, Amazon has been conspicuously absent from the Quantum Computing sector. Until May 27, 2021, Amazon had only one patent asset in the sector, while companies like Google have 80 and IBM has over 300. Four…

IBM Branches Out, Microsoft Shudders

IBM has its eyes on a topological quantum computer and Microsoft must be worried. Like virtually every company with investment in quantum computing, IBM has previously only been committed to a single qubit type, with investment only in…

Big Tech has Already Shown Interest in Quantum AI, the US Government is Next

What’s a sure sign that Quantum AI is a serious area of development? Major government contractors are investing. Patent Forecast® already highlighted Google and Microsoft’s efforts to accelerate artificial intelligence development using…

Microsoft, Google, and Others are Accelerating Machine Learning the Quantum Way

How long is it until the machines take over? Unclear, but it’s certain to be sooner with the development of quantum computing. In late April 2021, Microsoft was granted a patent for “adversarial quantum machine…

Baidu Makes Tiny Ripples In Quantum Computing. We See An Impending Tidal Wave.

Chinese companies are getting serious about quantum computing. After Alibaba launched a quantum computer in 2018, other Chinese companies were under pressure to do research of their own. Both Baidu and Tencent followed up the Alibaba…

Microsoft Debugs Quantum Software in Virtual Reality, Catches Up To Minority Report

In almost every Sci-Fi film, there is a scene where some scientist is manipulating holographic images with just their hands. Microsoft is interested in making that technology a reality. Patent Forecast® has captured Microsoft in Quantum…

A Start-Up Is Trying to Discover Drugs with Quantum Computing… Wait, Where Did It Go?

Occasionally, patent applications issue to companies that have seemingly disappeared, but Patent Forecast® is on the case! In March 2021, a patent application published to an English startup called GTN Ltd. The publication states that the…

Bank of America Dips its Toes into Hardware. How Far Will it Go?

Bank of America is no longer just looking at quantum computing software; they have their eyes on hardware as well. If you are worried about the advent of quantum computing and the impact it could have on hacking secure communications, Bank…

IBM and Google are building it, but who will come?

Unlike many other sectors, the Quantum Computing sector has so far been dominated by a few major hardware developers: IBM, Google, D-Wave Systems, and IonQ, among others. The main question addressed by companies in the sector right now is:…

The Quantum British Invasion

In the race to develop Quantum Computing, in addition to facing challenges across the Pacific in the form of China’s Jiuzhang Computer, the United States is looking like it faces challenges across the Atlantic as well. The United Kingdom…

Drilling for Oil the Quantum Way

What's next for quantum computing? Baker Hughes would have you believe it might be drilling for oil and natural gas. In an application published in late January, Baker Hughes claims a method for drilling a wellbore using a quantum computer…

IonQ Suggests Error Correction is the True Test of Quantum Computers, but is it Prepared?

Forget everything you know about quantum volume. Ok, maybe we should explain what quantum volume is before telling you to forget. Classical computers are often compared by the speed with which they are able to perform certain operations.…

China’s Jiuzhang Computer is Flashy, but PsiQuantum’s Paperwork Shows It Wants to Be More Than a Fad

In early December 2020, a group of researchers based in Hefei, China announced that their quantum computer, called Jiuzhang, managed to perform in 200 seconds what the fastest supercomputer in the world, a Chinese supercomputer called…

Support for IonQ Grows

Quantum computing is still in its infancy—industry experts are still undecided on the fundamentals, such as what qubit technologies are the cheapest and easiest to scale. Quantum computers have been built with superconducting qubits, using…

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