Another week, another post. (If you haven’t noticed, I try to post approximately once a week, even if it’s only something really brief.)
Patents have been on my mind lately. This has been the case for two main reasons: First, because in the past few months, 3 of my patent applications were approved in quick succession. And second, because I’m hard at work on a new patent. (I’m referring to US patents only).
- “Method for Sampling Probability Distributions Using a Quantum Computer”
- “Method for Driving Starting Quantum State to Target One”
- “Method for Evaluating Quantum Operator Averages”
Each of the 3 patents includes with it a software program which is an example (or, in patent parlance, a “preferred embodiment”) of the invention. These software programs are: Quibbs (in Java), Afga (in Octave) and QOperAv (in Java), respectively. They are available at my website (www.ar-tiste.com)
As you can see from this list, I had 3 previous QC patents so now I have a total of 6 QC patents. The new one I am working on right now is thus going to be my seventh deadly sin, seventh sea, seventh continent, seventh seal…
It usually takes about 3 years (!) from the time you apply for a patent to the time it is approved by a patent examiner and granted.
The approval process for my 3 new patents went very smoothly, thank God. For my 3 older patents, convincing the patent examiner to approve my patent application was an arduous, frustrating process. This time, 2 of the patent applications were approved without changes. K.H., the examiner of the third patent application, made me sweat a bit, but we managed to reach an agreement after several days of intense negotiations. I think K.H. is by far the smartest patent examiner I’ve had to date. We argued a lot over the telephone, but at least I felt he listened well and understood the main scientific issues quite well for someone trying to understand them from me!
I’ve been working on my new patent for only a few weeks but I think the research part of it is already about 75% finished. Good omen. Barking up the right tree! Of course the last 25% of a research project is always the hardest part to complete, at least for me. How long before I finish it? I don’t know. Finishing it might even take me infinite time if I hit an insurmountable snag. In the best of circumstances, it will take a LONG time because I want to write (1) a patent, (2) an arXiv paper and (3) a software program, all about this same idea. It’s also necessary for me to submit the patent application before publicly releasing the software or the arXiv paper. It used to be that for US patents, you could submit a patent application up to one year after a “public disclosure” such as publishing in arXiv. But the law has been changed and starting on March 16, 2013, patenting of an invention is not allowed after public disclosure.
I obviously can’t say much here and now about the subject of the new patent. It’s basically a QC algorithm for doing a certain aspect of AI. A lot of people are already working on the intersection of QCs and AI so I have classified this project Top Secret. Until I unveil my new patent, it will henceforth be referred to in this secret blog of mine by the codename Operation Lisbeth, or “the goldfish with the dragon tattoo”.
Don’t ever under-estimate the danger posed by a goldfish. They too can nibble a path of destruction. Here is an example of a recent news item from the British press about the very subject, killer goldfish.