Australia-based materials technology company Archer has announced the granting of a Republic of Korea patent associated with its 12CQ quantum computing chip technology.
Archer is a technology company that builds advanced semiconductor devices, including processor chips that are relevant to quantum computing. The company’s 12CQ chip is a world-first qubit processor technology that would allow for mobile quantum computing powered devices.
South Korea, which is investing US$450 billion in its semiconductor chip industry by 2030, is a major global manufacturer and exporter of semiconductor chip devices, with its conglomerates, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, among the top producers of semiconductors in the world.
Archer CEO Dr Mohammad Choucair said the Korean patent application, which follows the granting of Japanese patent, successfully underwent substantive examination procedures by the Korean Intellectual Property Office, which has over 1 million patents in force.
He said patent protection in South Korea is required for any future commercial operations in the country and provides the company with access to a top 5 innovation economy to exploit IP rights related to the 12CQ chip with a duration of patent right up until Dec 2036.
“We now have 12CQ chip patents granted in Japan and South Korea, with patent applications in the US, China, and Europe progressing well,” Mr Choucair continued.
“To realise the full commercial benefits of the 12CQ technology globally, Archer’s IP strategy includes patent protection in Asia, and especially, South Korea. This is because South Korea’s semiconductor industry is one of the world’s best, while Asia as a whole dominates in semiconductor manufacturing, where close to 80% of all chips are produced.
“The global economy’s transformation includes the semiconductor industry becoming key to almost all industrial areas. Archer is ensuring its participation in this transformation, with Archer being one of few companies in the world with a patent portfolio protecting quantum computing chip technology.”