Report:Google Patent Search/Import, Export, and Download/Downloads
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Individual PDF downloads are free through Google Patent Search, and there is no known page limit. To download an individual document, users only need to select the “Download PDF” link available from the patent summary page, or the full document image page (more about these two different viewing pages are discussed in Viewing Patent Full Text and Images). Once downloaded, the PDF document can be saved to a local directory.
The two images below show the location of the download option from the Patent Summary and Full Document Images pages.
Bulk document downloading is not enabled through Google Patent Search; if it was, the patent information community would probably expect to hear some protests from pay-per-use commercial providers.
As a source of individual patent copies, the site joins the ranks of numerous other web services that provide individual PDF patent copies for free.
Espacenet is one major free download source, hosting the largest patent collection on the web; Google Patent Search cannot compete with it on content. However, the most notable advantage Google Patent Search, and some of these other providers, have over esp@cenet is that there is no page limit on document downloads: while esp@cenet only provides free copies if they are under 50 pages, Google Patent offers downloads of any size (albeit from a much smaller selection).