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Is there any way to find out if a patent application is connected to results from a hackathon? For example, it has been said that DropBox, Inc. filed two patent applications (password strength meter, two party authentication process) based on the results from an company-wide hackathon. I am trying to find out if any other companies have similar results from hackathons.

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Well, you could look at companies that you know hold hackathons, search through only their patents, and then maybe search for patents with a high number of inventors, or something like that. But you'd probably still be left with a lot to hand-parse. I think your better bet would be to ask the companies directly.

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