For standards from other bodies (for example IEC, ANSI, ASME, ASTM) please contact your Subject Librarian.
The following resources provide information about patents. Each database has its own strengths and its coverage will be widest for the first-named geographical area. Also listed are the web sites of national and continental patent offices.
The design of a product i.e. how it looks, its shape, arrangement of parts and any decoration can be protected too. Designs can cover specific items but also packaging, symbols and typefaces. By registering a design you can prevent others from copying and using it for up to 25 years, subject to renewal every 5 years. Designs can be registered with national (usually the patent office), regional or international design offices. The following tools enable you to search for and view registered designs.