D-Wave Systems earns 100th US patent

Patent portfolio also rated #4 in computing systems by IEEE Spectrum.

June 20, 2013

BURNABY, BC and PALO ALTO, Calif. – D-Wave Systems Inc. has been granted its 100th patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office, an important milestone for a company that boasts itself as the world’s first commercial quantum computing company.

The company’s patent portfolio was also rated #4 in the computer systems category by IEEE Spectrum this past December, just behind computing giants IBM, HP and Fujitsu.

D-Wave says it significantly advanced the state-of-the-art quantum computing in a diverse set of domains in physics, system architecture, manufacturing and computer science, in activities that ranged from the science of quantum computing to the development, fabrication and manufacturing of all elements of the system including superconducting qubits, quantum processor, magnetic shielding and cooling, and the software and algorithms.

Its 512-qubit D-Wave Two computer uses quantum mechanics to accelerate computation.

D-Wave recently installed a D-Wave Two system at the new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab created jointly by NASA, Google and USRA, and has supplied super computer to mega manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin.

The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Burnaby, BC.