Quantum Technology and the Law

Dear all, happy to share my latest Stanford piece titled “Regulating Transformative Technology in The Quantum Age: Intellectual Property, Standardization & Sustainable Innovation” with the international tech law & innovation policy community.

Please find a short abstract below:

The behavior of nature at the smallest scale can be strange and counterintuitive. This article first explains what quantum technology entails. Next, we discuss areas of application, e.g. quantum computing, quantum sensing and the quantum internet. Through a cross-disciplinary lens, we then focus on intellectual property (IP), standardization, ethical, legal & social aspects (ELSA) as well as horizontal & industry-specific regulation of this transformative technology.

The Quantum Age raises many legal questions. For example, which existing legislation applies to quantum technology? What types of IP rights can be vested in the components of a scalable quantum computer? Are there sufficient market-set innovation incentives for the development and dissemination of quantum software & hardware structures? Should we create global, mandatory quantum safety, security and interoperability standards? In what way can quantum enhance artificial intelligence (AI) that is legal, ethical & technically robust? The article explores possible answers to these tantalizing questions.