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Electronic & Electrical Engineering: Patents, standards, data

Finding standards

For standards from other bodies (for example IEC, ANSI, ASME, ASTM) please contact your Subject Librarian, Hilary Cooksley.

Data and statistics for engineers

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Finding patents and registered designs

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.

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Legal and regulatory resources