Are your patent search strings confidential?

Hello all,


I just wanted to pop in today to highlight a fascinating discussion that is going on in the Intellogist discussion forum. Our users are discussing the legal implications of using a third party vendor to
conduct patent searching. Specifically, they are discussing who might
be looking at your search strings from the other side of the search
engine.


Read more at http://intellogist.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/are-your-patent-search-...

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Comment by Mikk Putk on March 30, 2010 at 1:58pm
Thanks for posting this! It's a serious question. As you might know, there are several search tools that provide service, where you can insert whole paragraph of text and the result is a list of related patents. It would be interesting to hear Xyggy opinion, for example, how they have solved this confidentiality question.
On the other hand - how safe is the internet at all if we ask are your search strings confidential. We use credit card payments via internet, we have tens of passwords and pin-codes. Etc, etc.
Maybe some patent search engine provider can comment also how many search queries they receive per day?
Thousands? Millions? In addition every searcher uses different synonyms.
I agree, that there might be some risk. But, are there any examples of cases where such hacking has destroyed novelty or something?

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