The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing interest and investment in quantum computing technologies, as well as the potential for groundbreaking advancements in fields such as cryptography, optimization, and material science, and growing importance of technologies such as quantum algorithms for specialized problem-solving, quantum processors for enhanced computational capabilities, and classical-quantum hybrid systems for optimal performance, collectively driving progress in the field of quantum artificial intelligence (AI). In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Artificial intelligence in technology: quantum AI. Buy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

190+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, GenAI for design, finite element simulation, and deep reinforcement learning are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. AI in EHR, intelligent predictive maintenance, and forward inferencing are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing.

Innovation S-curve for artificial intelligence in the technology industry

Quantum AI is a key innovation area in artificial intelligence

Quantum AI involves applying quantum computing and algorithms to enhance and refine AI systems. By integrating the principles of quantum mechanics with AI methodologies, quantum AI conducts intricate computations and resolves problems with greater efficiency compared to classical computers. The approach capitalizes on the distinctive features of quantum systems, such as superposition and entanglement, to handle and scrutinize vast datasets, refine machine learning algorithms, and augment pattern recognition capacities.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 250+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of quantum AI.

Key players in quantum AI – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.  

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’. 

Patent volumes related to quantum AI

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) 97 Unlock Company Profile
Raytheon BBN Technologies 11 Unlock Company Profile
Lam Research 9 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Electronics 14 Unlock Company Profile
Fujitsu 79 Unlock Company Profile
Tata Consultancy Services 17 Unlock Company Profile
D-Wave Systems 159 Unlock Company Profile
Google 434 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Baidu Netcom Science Technology 46 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia Technologies 16 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft Technology Licensing 142 Unlock Company Profile
Goldman Sachs 19 Unlock Company Profile
IBM (China) Investment 10 Unlock Company Profile
Accenture Global Solutions 48 Unlock Company Profile
Bull 9 Unlock Company Profile
Lockheed Martin 14 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 146 Unlock Company Profile
Fanuc 13 Unlock Company Profile
Lam Research 10 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 9 Unlock Company Profile
Alibaba Group 18 Unlock Company Profile
State Grid Corporation of China 11 Unlock Company Profile
JSR 11 Unlock Company Profile
SRI International 11 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 19 Unlock Company Profile
Bank of America 43 Unlock Company Profile
Northrop Grumman 14 Unlock Company Profile
ELMOS Semiconductor 24 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 16 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 17 Unlock Company Profile
Boeing 10 Unlock Company Profile
IBM 388 Unlock Company Profile
Kinaxis 19 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 10 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 61 Unlock Company Profile
Rigetti 78 Unlock Company Profile
QC Ware 19 Unlock Company Profile
1QB Information Technologies 128 Unlock Company Profile
Kyndi 61 Unlock Company Profile
Zapata Computing 80 Unlock Company Profile
GTN 14 Unlock Company Profile
Xanadu Quantum Technologies 24 Unlock Company Profile
PsiQuantum 18 Unlock Company Profile
Quantum Machines 40 Unlock Company Profile
Nxgen Partners 19 Unlock Company Profile
Multiverse Computing SL 12 Unlock Company Profile
HeFei Origin Quantum Computing Technology 31 Unlock Company Profile
Turck duotec 22 Unlock Company Profile
Atom Computing 41 Unlock Company Profile
UMNAI 27 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Among the companies innovating in quantum AI, Google is one of the leading patents filers. The company’s patents are aimed at methods and systems involving training quantum evolutions using sub-logical controls. It includes accessing quantum hardware with multi-level quantum subsystems, employing control devices based on control parameters related to the environment, initializing the quantum system, obtaining observables and target quantum states, and iteratively training until a completion event occurs. Other prominent patent filers in the space include IBM and D-Wave Systems.

In terms of application diversity, JSR leads the pack, while ELMOS Semiconductor and Turck duotec stood in the second and third positions, respectively.  By means of geographical reach, ELMOS Semiconductor held the top position, followed by Turck duotec and Kyndi.

Quantum AI holds immense significance as it leverages the extraordinary computational power of quantum systems to tackle complex problems that were previously beyond the reach of classical computers. It has far-reaching implications, particularly in cryptography, optimization, and material science, potentially revolutionizing industries and scientific research 

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.