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Global innovation and competition in quantum technology, viewed through the lens of patents and artificial intelligence

  • In this work we elucidate international trends in the field of quantum technology (QT) by analysing a global patent database built from an operational definition of QT that was generated through the curated application of artificial intelligence (AI). In doing so, we demonstrate how the sophisticated use of intellectual property information, enhanced by the artful deployment of AI techniques, may produce more reliable and useful revelations for policymakers and managers about global innovation in emerging fields of technology than is possible through conventional methods of data collection and analysis. We also demonstrate the utility of this approach for reliably characterising the evolving constituent sub-fields of QT. By adopting a hybrid human-AI approach to both the definition and the analysis of QT, we have produced some novel insights about global innovation and national organisational profiles in the QT field, particularly concerning dynamic competition between the USA and China.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Kelvin W. WilloughbyORCiD, Zeki Can Seskir
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Parent Title (English):International journal of intellectual property management : IJIPM
Date of Publication (online):2023/02/17
First Page:40
Last Page:61
Year of first Publication:2023
Tag:Artificial intelligence; Global technological innovation; Patent analysis; Patent landscape; Patinformatics; Quantum competition; Quantum industry; Quantum innovation; Quantum technology
Content Focus:Academic Audience
Peer Reviewed:Yes
Rankings:SJR Ranking / Q4
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International