The USPTO, in cooperation with the newly unveiled Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (COECI), has launched the USPTO Innovation Challenge, a $50,000 prize to develop new algorithms to aid in patent examination. The challenge is part of a broader USPTO endeavor to modernize the information technology used by the Office’s patent examiners by spurring the development of new software to automatically identify key features of the technical drawings, such as the figure boundaries or the locations and text of the part labels.
More than 900 programmers and image processing experts from around the world have pre-registered to compete in the challenge. Results are expected to be revealed by February 16, 2012.
Source: The White House