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Google Patents down? May 8, 2014

Posted by Brian Schar in General.

Google Patents is hosed for me.  If I get any results at all, they are exceptionally slow to come up, and the thumbnails on the search result page all show as broken.  (I’m also having problems with Google Maps and Google image search – no non-Google sites are a problem.) 

Am I just a special snowflake, or is anyone else having difficulty with Google Patents today?


1. Brian Schar - May 13, 2014

The problem was entirely on my end. Our IT people are doing something weird with file sharing to prevent anyone from accessing Google Drive, and Google Patents are on Google Drive, so that was the problem. The code the IT folks were generating to block Google Drive was also blocking Google Translate and drastically slowing Maps and Google Images. If this happens to you, talk to your internal IT people.

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