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Whitewood Encryption Systems Awarded Patent for Miniaturization of Quantum Key Technology

Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc., a developer of next-generation systems of data encryption that leverage advanced cryptography technologies emerging from U.S. centers of research excellence, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,002,009 with claims covering miniaturized hardware that can be fabricated at-scale to facilitate secure multi-party quantum cryptography and secure all types of communications.

“This patent enhances Whitewood’s robust portfolio of intellectual property in quantum key management, providing practical solutions for large-scale, cost-effective implementations,” said John Serafini, Vice President of Allied Minds, the parent company of Whitewood. “This technology provides us with the opportunity to develop fast, low-latency cryptography systems with the potential to surpass existing enterprise security protocols.”

Historically, systems for quantum communications have been cumbersome, hand-made and expensive, with architectures that are incompatible with deployed optical fiber networks and secure communications infrastructures. Because of these mismatches, it has been too expensive to retrofit today’s communications networks with quantum communications. The technology covered by this patent allows for the miniaturization and cost-effective fabrication of quantum key technology, and its deployment as an overlay on pre-existing optical fiber networks, to create an affordable, and practical, means of bringing the advantages of QKM to almost any organization.

“To make quantum cryptography practical, we had to rethink the system architecture and design. The expensive part of the hardware needed for quantum communications has been moved to a central server, where its costs can be amortized across many inexpensive nano-scale user devices. This provides the additional benefit of allowing users to disconnect devices from the network and still enjoy the benefits of quantum security,” said Jane Nordholt, who led the team of eight inventors that were named on the patent and who developed the technology while working at LANL in New Mexico.

The other inventors named on the patent include, Richard Hughes, Raymond Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Danna Rosenberg, Kevin McCabe, Kush T. Tyagi and Nicholas Dallmann. Whitewood is a subsidiary company of Allied Minds Federal Innovations (AMFI), the division of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM) dedicated to commercializing federal intellectual property.

More information on Whitewood can be found at

About Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc.

Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc. is building the next generation of advanced data encryption systems with unprecedented security, computational efficiency, and trusted performance. Building upon a base of quantum cryptography capabilities developed over the course of the past two decades at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Whitewood’s data encryption systems aim to provide network defenders with enhanced security through scalable, cost-effective and low-latency solutions. Whitewood is part of the Allied Minds Federal Innovations portfolio, a compilation of high-technology companies focused on building solutions to cyber and mobile security challenges by commercializing innovations developed at leading research centers throughout the U.S. federal research community. More information on Whitewood can be found at

About Allied Minds

Allied Minds is an innovative U.S. science and technology development and commercialization company. Operating since 2006, Allied Minds forms, funds, manages and builds products and businesses based on innovative technologies developed at leading U.S. universities and federal research institutions. Allied Minds serves as a diversified holding company that supports its businesses and product development with capital, central management and shared services. More information about the Boston-based company can be found at

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