About Google Patents

Privacy and Security

How does Google protect my information?

Access to Google Patents is encrypted over HTTPS. For more information, please read about Google's security and Frequently Asked Questions.

How does Google use information provided through patent search queries?

When Google Patents receives a search request, it is processed automatically by computers.

  • Access to individual search queries and associated request metadata from Google Patents is limited to Google employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information, as described in the Privacy Policy about Information Security.
  • For example, for security reasons, we may inspect records when we see unusually large traffic spikes; if we start receiving a hundred patent search requests a second from a single source, that source is probably automated abuse of our system. We analyze those logs to protect Google Patents.
  • But Google does not inspect Google Patents logs to inform its own patenting strategies.
  • The Google Privacy Policy also describes the limited situations in which Google will share user information with third parties.

For more information, please visit the Google Privacy Policy and the Google Privacy homepage.

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