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Engineering: Patents and Standards

Subjects: Engineering, Patents

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For more information about searching for patents, please see the following guide:

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What is a Patent?

"A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, which is a product or a process that provides, in general, a new way of doing something, or offers a new technical solution to a problem.  In order to be patentable, the invention must fulfill certain conditions." (WIPO, 2013) To learn more about patents, see the following links:

Key Patents resources

Try searching the following resources to find patents (hover over each link for more information):

Key Standards resources

The RSL subscribes to two major sources of standards. IEEE Xplore Digital Library also includes IEEE conference proceedings, journal articles, and other technical information:

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You will need to have the FileOpen plug-in installed in order to access BSI documents within BSOL.

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In some cases, you may need to contact your IT department to install the plugin. Further information is on the British Standards website.