Quantum Speaker Series Presents: Export Control Landscape for Quantum Technology
October 17, 2023 | 1:30 – 2:00 PM ET
Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Senior Vice President for Government Relations
Associate General Counsel of Compliance and Director of Government Relations, Quantinuum
Kaniah Konkoly-Thege currently serves as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Senior Vice President for Government Relations for Quantinuum. In this role, Kaniah oversees the global legal and government affairs for Quantinuum, including litigation, intellectual property strategy, contracts, export control, data privacy/security, and compliance. Additionally, she monitors legal, legislative, and regulatory trends applicable to emerging technologies. Prior to this role, Kaniah served as General Counsel for Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC. Before Honeywell, Kaniah was a senior federal attorney for 12 years at Department of Energy and Department of the Interior. Additionally, Kaniah currently serves as the vice chair of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) Law Committee.
Ryan McKenney currently serves as the Associate General Counsel of Compliance and Director of Government Relations for Quantinuum. In this role, Ryan works on legal compliance efforts and government affairs and policy efforts from Quantinuum’s Washington DC office. Before Quantinuum, Ryan was an attorney at two large international law firms focusing on technology transactions and privacy and cybersecurity compliance. Ryan is the co-founder and chair of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) Law Committee and an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School.
Kaniah Konkoly-Thege and Ryan McKenney from Quantinuum will present on the export control landscape for quantum technologies. In October 2022, the Biden administration introduced semiconductor, artificial intelligence, and supercomputing-related export controls on China and has since made numerous public statements that similar restrictions on quantum technologies may follow. Existing U.S. quantum technology controls target specific end users, rather than general technology categories, though it has been reported that the White House and Commerce Department are currently exploring a more unified and comprehensive round of controls intended specifically to blunt China’s access to U.S. quantum computing equipment. This presentation will detail the current landscape of export controls vis-à-vis quantum technology, present findings from a recent report on the subject by the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), and discuss best practices for companies in this space to ensure compliance with any future controls while also working closely with the U.S. government to promote innovation and a strong quantum industry.
Open Q&A discussion.
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