Quantum computers are set to help us solve humanity’s most complex challenges, which our existing computers can't even scratch the surface of. Universities, researchers, and Silicon Valley companies are all entangled in quantum computing, proving there’s massive interest in the research and development of these groundbreaking machines. In fact, just recently Google claimed to have built the first quantum computer that can carry out calculations beyond the ability of today’s most powerful supercomputers. This is a landmark moment that has been hotly anticipated by researchers. Google says that its 54-qubit Sycamore processor was able to perform a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful supercomputer 10,000 years. However it’s not just Google; IBM, Microsoft, Intel and others are all looking at how to advance the technology. But which companies are working the hardest with the most patent applications and has there been an increase in interest over the years? We’ve analysed over 5,000 patent applications to find out.