Defend your Quantum IP: The Ultimate Guide

February 16, 2024
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TLDR: Companies investing in quantum technology must consider protecting their intellectual property (IP) through patents to secure their competitive advantage, as patents can last up to 20 years. Quantum technology patents have seen a significant increase in recent years, and companies need to act quickly to file their patents and secure their IP rights. Filing patents early allows companies to establish a “patent fence” around their inventions and prevent competitors from operating in their field without paying a license fee. However, there might be challenges in patent offices due to the nascent nature of quantum science, which could lead to delays or hasty decisions. Companies should teach their engineers about quantum concepts and collaborate with IP law firms to navigate the patent landscape and find areas with no existing patents. Identifying gaps in the patent landscape presents an opportunity to be the first to market with novel quantum technologies.

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