NASA, TopCoder & USPTO – Innovation Challenge

This thread was created to document resources needed for the USPTO Tournament Challenge.

The Challenge

The contest will requires advanced knowledge of:

  • text recognition
  • image analysis
  • the construction of bounding boxes


The Contest

  • teams of two
  • course of one month
  • develop an algorithm that identifies and locate specific elements within patent documents.
  • partnership with TopCoder, Harvard, NASA, U.S. Federal Government
  • developed to understand how contests can be used to solve complex computational problems for the U.S. Federal Goverment


Open Source

Open source software is allowable as submission for each algorithm, as long as the open source software is compatible with the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Potential Open Source Software:



Text Reconition

Image Analysis

Construction of Bounding Boxes

Software Development Life Cycle

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