Liz Treadwell HeroX team
Jan. 3, 2019
11:35 a.m. PST

Rules and Regulations

Dear Participants,

We encourage you to review the Rules and Regulations (view them here: to gain full understanding of the what is required to participant within the CASE Challenge.

Concerned about your eligibility to participate as a federal employee?

Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs) and (DoD) University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) may be eligible participate in the challenge so long as;
1. An email is sent to with the team name, organization represented, and team member information.
2. You are not employed by an organization that is actively involved in the challenge
3. You are not a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment
We would also like to bring attention to Eligibility, which notes the following:

• Must be (1) an individual or team of individuals each of whom are 18 years of age and over, or (2) a for-profit or non-profit entity organized or incorporated under law
• Must agree to abide by the decisions of IARPA and/or the individual judges, which shall be final and binding in all respects

Once you review the Rules and Regulations in full, please feel free to post your outstanding questions below and the CASE team will be sure to respond in time.
6 Replies

fulygan fulyganoff
Jan. 4, 2019
3:43 a.m. PST
I would be very grateful if you answer my question in the next topic -

Matt R
March 3, 2019
5:31 p.m. PST
To whom it may concern,

In the challenge legal agreement section 3 states "subject to 3B below, Challenge Sponsor has the right to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose all Solutions and non-proprietary Solution Description data within the U.S. Government without restriction; and to release and to disclose all submitted non-proprietary information outside the U.S. Government and authorized persons to whom release or disclosure has been made to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose that data for U.S. Government Purposes;" But it also states the IP is owned by the solver.

Does this mean the project technology submitted by the solver could be used within the US Government without the solver's permission? Or is this statement referring to the use of only the items submitted to the competition for the purpose of judging/press releases?

Thank you.

Liz Treadwell HeroX team
March 14, 2019
9:42 a.m. PDT
@Matt R

Thanks for your question and interest in the challenge.

The IP agreement states that “...all intellectual property ownership, if any, in the idea, concept, or activities demonstrated by the Submission will remain with the Solver. The Solver retains ownership of the Submission.” When submitting a solution, the US Government will be able to use the solution, but only for government purposes. The government does not want to impede a solver’s ability to utilize their intellectual property to use, publish on, or otherwise commercialize a solution.

Please let us know if this doesn't answer your question or if you have follow-on questions!

March 17, 2019
9:34 p.m. PDT
@Liz Treadwell

Does that mean the government might use any ideas from a solution that has not been awarded any prize or compensation?


Liz Treadwell HeroX team
March 22, 2019
9:48 a.m. PDT
@Mitul Sarkar
Thank you for your question and participation in the CASE Challenge! As appropriate, please mark sections of your response as proprietary. If you choose to do this, please be specific about what is proprietary (e.g. specific paragraphs, images, concepts).

However, please be aware that, per section 3.b. of the challenge Intellectual Property Terms and Conditions, if proprietary information is included, "Challenge sponsor has the right to use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose all submitted proprietary information and data for purposes of judging, administering, and overseeing the Challenge and to disclose all such information and data for the same purposes."

April 8, 2019
2:59 p.m. PDT
In short: the gubermint can use your ENTIRE submitted proposal/solution for anything it wants to (deeming said use as a "government purpose"). If you are worried about unrestricted government use of your IP, then do not submit to this challenge.
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