Report:Google Patent Search/Security
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Security is one of the biggest concerns patent professionals should have when using this free tool. Shortly after the system’s release, the EPO’s Principal Director of Patent Information, Wolfgang Pilch, raised this important point (and it was probably raised by others, as well): no one in the patent community should forget that Google is profitable, as a company, through tracking user activity and analyzing user search patterns. Therefore any search performed on Google is hypothetically vulnerable to scrutiny, and sensitive searches should not be performed on it.
As mentioned above in the Weighting and Ranking Features section, it is well known the Google Web Search engine tracks search query history to tailor the results it shows to individual users. Users should be aware of this possibility and clear browser cookies if necessary.
- ↑ Pilch, Wolfgang. "866 000." Patent Information News, Issue 1/2007 (March 2007). http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponet.nsf/0/FDFF591CF37EBF48C12572A5004BD30C/$File/Patentinfo_news_0701_en.pdf. Accessed Oct 31, 2007.