In my previous post, I spoke about QC patents in general. In this post, I will say a few things about my own personal experience with QC patents. I find writing patents very dull and tedious, because you have to re-edit them over and over again, trying to fill in all the loopholes. Nevertheless, I file them anyway because I realize investors expect them, and I have this crazy hope that someday I’ll start a QC software company.
I recently submitted two QC patent applications:
- “Method for Sampling Probability Distributions Using a Quantum Computer”
Claims and specification here. Figures 1-5 here. Figures 6-12 here.
- “Method for Driving Starting Quantum State to Target One”
Claims and specification here. Figures 1-5 here.
I believe that software patents are just and beneficial and should be allowed. I’ve explained why I believe so in an essay entitled “In Defense of Software Patents”. I respect the opinions of those who disagree with me about this, but I don’t want to argue about it in this blog. I’m very turned off by those who see the policy question of whether to allow or not software patents as a titanic battle between the forces of good and evil.
Addendum (Nov. 1, 2010): Finished and filed a patent on my Ziti functions paper:
- “Method for Evaluating Quantum Operator Averages”, by R.R. Tucci, Claims and specification here. Figures 1 to 4 and 6 here, Figure 5 here
All my patents, both granted and pending, can be viewed here