Derrick Harris enumerates a couple of startups and projects that could help classifying patents. My pick would be Watson:
Even IBM’s now-famous Watson question-answering machine could prove beneficial if the USPTO were to leverage its capabilities. The system has actually been suggested as an aid to help judges better interpret statutes against the Constitution, but loaded with patent data, it could help identify potential infringements and even answer with some certainty which ones might be the most relevant to any given application.
Original title and link: Can Big Data Fix a Broken System for Software Patents? ( ©myNoSQL)