CodeFest 2024 on generative AI


For the second edition of EPO CodeFest, we are excited to explore the transformative potential of generative artificial intelligence in deriving new insights from patent data.

Leveraging AI to enhance innovation and support strategic decision-making offers many significant benefits. This is an important area of focus at the EPO, as it not only enriches the utility of patent data, but also maximises user impact by accelerating the advancement of new technologies, as outlined in our Strategic Plan 2028. 

Join us as we push the boundaries of what's possible with AI and patent data! 

The coding challenge

Develop a generative AI application that transforms how users access, interpret and leverage patent data to foster innovation, uncover hidden opportunities and streamline decision-making processes.

Entries can take one of several approaches, and you are encouraged to consider how your proposed application can benefit users.

These potential approaches could look like, but are not limited to:

  • AI-Powered patent search engine: Develop a generative AI application that can perform intuitive and context-aware searches across patent databases, delivering highly relevant results.
  • Automated patent summarisation tool: Create an AI tool that generates concise and accurate summaries of patent documents.
  • Predictive analytics for patent trends: Implement a generative AI system that analyses patent filing trends to predict future technological advancements and market opportunities.
  • Enhanced patent mapping and visualisation: Build a tool that uses AI to create detailed visualisations and maps of patent landscapes, highlighting relationships and gaps in technology areas.


We are calling on coders or developers aged 18 and over to submit their proposals for solutions by 8 August 2024. Submissions can come from an individual person or a team of up to five people. Anyone residing in one of the EPO's member states is eligible to contribute. Teams made up of EPO colleagues, external entrants or a mixture of both are all welcome!

In order to participate you must meet all eligibility criteria included in the rules of competition.


  1. Submit your proposal by 8 August 2024. It should include:
    1. The completed form with your personal information. Please note that all team members must register individually and indicate if they are part of a team.
    2. An outline of your proposal for solving the coding challenge. Proposals must include an explanation of your suggested approach and indicate the data selection you intend to use, possible model implementation and model evaluation.
  2. During the first selection process, the jury will evaluate the proposals.
  3. By 23 August 2024, participants will be informed if their proposal has made it to the next round.
  4. Participants will work on executing their proposed solution and submit their code by 23 October 2024.
  5. The jury will evaluate the final solution.
  6. Finalists will be announced by 18 November 2024 and the winners will receive their prizes at the virtual prize ceremony in the first week of December 2024.


The winners of Code Fest 2024 will be eligible to win one of the following prizes:

  • Grand prize winner: EUR 20 000
  • 1st runner-up: EUR 10 000
  • 2nd runner-up: EUR 5 000

Each prize will be accompanied by a trophy.


The competition has five key stages

2 July – 8 August

Submissions are open!

Entrants must submit their proposals by 8 August 2024, 23.59 hrs CEST. Proposals must include an outline and explanation of the suggested approach as well as indicate the intended data selection, the possible model implementation and model evaluation.

9 – 22 August 2024

The jury evaluates the proposals for solution to decide which move on to the next round.

23 August – 23 October 2024

The coding challenge is on!

The jury communicates the outcome of their evaluation. All successful candidates will be given access to the EPO's data resources, including datasets and services that typically require subscriptions or platforms in the beta testing phase. Access will be given to:

The coding challenge will run for just over eight weeks and code must be submitted by 23 October at 23.59 hrs CEST.

24 October – 15 November 2024

The jury will evaluate the submitted solutions and code to selects the finalists.

18 November 2024

Announcement of the finalists!

Finalists are invited to the EPO CodeFest prize ceremony.

First week of December

EPO CodeFest prize ceremony

During the online ceremony, the winners are announced and prizes awarded. Details of the full programme will follow soon.

  1. Registration deadline
    8 August 2024, 23.59 hrs CEST
  2. Data Protection Statement (DPS)
    DPS for CodeFest 2024
  3. Rules of Competition (RoC)
    CodeFest – Rules of competition

The EPO's unparalleled data resources are relied upon by a range of governmental and international organisations, such as IP Offices, the OECD, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) and European Commission, as well as researchers and patent information specialists. The new Technology Intelligence Platform facilitates access to the EPO's wealth of data and patent knowledge. CodeFest is a major opportunity to democratise access to these data resources and contribute to effectively leveraging patent intelligence, fostering innovation and sustainability.

Further information 

CodeFest 2023 on Green Plastics
EPO patent information data