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Introduction - Standards & Patents


Standards are official publications used by industry to describe specifications and procedures. They provide the rules and recommendations for 

  • Quality,
  • Safety,
  • Performance & construction,
  • Codes of practice,
  • Methods of testing,
  • Symbols, and
  • Terminology.

SAI Global provides access to the Australian Standards Australian database - Standards On-Line.


A patent is a a contract between the state and an inventor. Patents can be an important source of scientific and technical information and are often the earliest source of information on a new technology.

You'll find more links to sources of standards and patents on Charles Sturt University Library's Standards, patents and trademarks page.